Donetsk People’s Republic Foreign Ministry: Decentralization law must not be drafted without us

16.12.2019, Donetsk.

Donetsk will not acknowledge any decentralization amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution developed without Donbass republics’ participation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People’s Republic (the DPR) Natalya Nikonorova said at the meeting of the Contact Group, Donetsk News Agency reported on December 16.

Nikonorova stressed that any unilateral steps to amend the Constitution grossly violate the agreements reiterated in the final document of the Normandy Four meeting on December 9 and signed by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky.

At the Contract Group talks on December 18 in Minsk, the discussion of the amendments to the Ukrainian law affecting the future of Donbass will take place.

“We will not acknowledge any unilateral decentralization that Kiev is trying to make, and we strongly recommend that substituting the provisions of the Package of Measures be stopped. Kiev should finally realize that the special status is not subject to trade, but it is an essential condition of our further peaceful co-existence,” Foreign Minister Nikonorova insists.

On December 12, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky announced the beginning of drafting the laws to decentralize the political and territorial structure of Ukraine. He stressed that all the work is based on the Minsk agreements and the signed documents.

On December 15, the member of the PACE Ulrich Oehme in his speech in the German Bundestag supported the idea to include the delegations of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics in the talks on peaceful resolution of the situation in eastern Ukraine. He believes that the talks will continue to go slowly without their participation.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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