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Poroshenko rules out extension of Minsk peace accords for 2016

September 11, 2015, 11:56 UTC+3 KIEV

Everyone should fulfill their commitments in 2015, the Ukrainian president says

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Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

© Mikhail Markiv/Ukraine presidential press service/TASS

KIEV, September 11. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday the Minsk agreements on peaceful settlement in Donbas cannot be extended for the next year.

"The implementation of the Minsk agreements should end in 2015 and cannot be extended," the Ukrainian leader said at the annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).

"Everyone should fulfill their commitments in 2015," he stressed.

Under the February 12 Minsk agreements, all the points, namely the constitutional reform in Ukraine taking into consideration the specifics of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, are to be implemented by the year-end.

Kiev’s negotiator and former President Leonid Kuchma said on Thursday the representatives of the Contact Group said the Minsk agreements needed to be extended for the next year if they are not implemented by late 2015.

"I have asked Leonid Kuchma, my representative in the Contact Group, to call off the statement on the possibility to extend the Minsk process for 2016," Poroshenko said.

The idea on extending the Minsk agreements for 2016, earlier proposed by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, has been backed by the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

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