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Law on Donbas special status should enter into force on election day — German FM

November 10, 2015, 15:50 UTC+3 BERLIN
If OSCE observers confirm that election was held without violations, the law will enter into force on permanent basis, Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a conference on foreign policy in Berlin
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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BERLIN, November 10. /TASS/. The law on Donbas special status should enter into force on the next day after holding local election in the region, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a conference on foreign policy in Berlin on Tuesday.

Steinmeier said the "Normandy Quartet" agreed that "on the day of election in Ukraine’s east the law on special status will enter into force on preliminary basis." If OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observers confirm that election was held without violations, the law "will enter into force on permanent basis," the foreign minister added.

Law on Donbas special status is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Minsk accords also envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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