Ukraine has a prepared plan for a peaceful settlement of the war in Donbas, the final stage of which is local elections. Ukraine’s Presidential Office head Andriy Yermak made the corresponding statement.

“One of the great achievements of this year is that none of our international partners has any questions about Ukraine’s position. And today Ukraine’s plan for a peaceful settlement is on the table. This plan’s end is what the Ukrainian people wait for, as well as, I hope, all the progressive countries, our partners, colleagues, etc., and what the Donbas people are waiting for, first of all, and our militaries and their families. Therefore, today we managed to present the atmosphere of the negotiation process, both in Minsk and in the ‘Normandy Four,’ under which no one has any doubts. It remains only to get our counterparts’ response,” Yermak said.

He also stressed that the plan can be finalised, the details can be clarified within the negotiation process, but the “opposite party” must define whether it agrees to a peaceful settlement or not.

Besides, the head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office stated that the final stage of this plan is to hold local elections in line with the Ukrainian law and the Copenhagen Convention.

“Accordingly, while preparing for this election, there is a certain period during which it is necessary to make ready, to demilitarise, to guarantee the security regime in the uncontrolled territories,” the official added.

At the same time, he clarified that the Tripartite Contact Group on Donbas is a consultative platform. So, the decisions adopted there do not cause direct political obligations for Ukraine. Accordingly, the Ukrainian delegation members to the TCG do not receive the directives that are received by the delegations, which go to official talks and represent Ukraine.

Bohdan Marusyak

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