TRIPARTITE CONTACT GROUP REACHES AGREEMENT WITH SEPARATIST LEADERS; TERMS INCLUDE CEASEFIRE, SELF-GOVERNMENT IN DONETSK, LUGANSK PROVINCES; EXPERTS: ACCORDS ARE ESSENTIALLY MEANINGLESS, BECAUSE SIDES DEFINE BASIC CONCEPTS DIFFERENTLY
NEGOTIATIONS ON THE STATUS OF THE DONETSK AND LUGANSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLICS MAY GO ON FOR YEARS. (By Tatyana Ivzhenko. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Sept. 8, 2014, p. 1. Condensed text:) The truce declared in the Donetsk Basin as of Sept. 5 has not solved the problem. . . .
The protocol on the results of the Minsk meeting of the contact group [on Ukrainian settlement] remained a secret for two days. It was known that all participants - [Russian] Ambassador [to Ukraine Mikhail] Zurabov, Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe special envoy Heidi Tagliavini, as well as Igor Plotnitsky as leader of the Lugansk people's republic and Aleksandr Zakharchenko from the Donetsk people's republic - had agreed on a bilateral ceasefire, an exchange of prisoners of war, and measures to prevent an humanitarian disaster. However, none of the parties dared to disclose what political arrangements were set as conditions for signing the protocol.
The document was made public by the OSCE only late Saturday evening [Sept. 6]. The fundamentally important Point 3 is formulated as follows: "Implement decentralization of power, including by means of adopting a Ukrainian law on the temporary status of local self-government in certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk Provinces." Under that law, according to Point 9 of the protocol, early local elections are to be held in the Donetsk Basin.
Konstantin Bondarenko, head of the Institute for Ukrainian Politics, explained to NG that the Minsk agreement does not compel the Ukrainian authorities to go beyond the bounds of the previously announced decentralization. There is no question of either federalization or the recognition of independent status for the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk people's republics. There are no such concepts in ...
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|Article Title||Kiev Reaches Truce Agreement With Separatists|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.37, Vol.066, September 08, 2014, page(s):3-6|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|