Minsk Agreements to be automatically extended for 2018 – envoy

December 06, 2017 14:01

Donetsk, Dec 6 – DAN. The Minsk Agreements will be automatically extended for 2018, DPR envoy to Minsk talks Denis Pushilin told reporters here on Wednesday.

“The political articles of the Minsk Agreements have not been implemented; regrettably, we see no headway on other provisions either,” Pushilin said.

“One the one hand, the Minsk Agreements have not been fulfilled, but, on the other, nobody has withdrawn from the process so we assume the Agreements will be automatically extended,” he said replying to the question about Minsk accords prolongation prospects.

The Agreements dated 5 and 19 September 2014 and 12 February 2015 forged by the Contact Group in Minsk make groundwork for a peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict.

The Contact Group set forth a peace plan and agreed a ceasefire, then adopted the Memorandum on ceasefire implementation and later on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

It envisioned immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass starting 15 February 2015, withdrawal of heavy weapons, establishment of security zones, discussion of the modalities for the resumption of payment of pensions and allowances to DPR and LPR citizens, and constitutional reform in Ukraine which should result in deep decentralisation. As of now, none of the Minsk Agreements provisions has been fully implemented. *jk