Parties of the Normandy format have discussed the problem of security in the run-up to the elections in the Donbass and reached an agreement on the issue of the international component of the OSCE.
It became known from the statement of Pavlo Klimkin who acted as the head of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
According to him, representatives of the countries agreed that the Donbass needs presence of an international component, which could be made of the OSCE observers. This formation should get a right to keep arms.
The parties discussed the potential mandate, according to which the OSCE is to act, Klimkin says.
According to the Ukrainian minister, the negotiations shouldn’t touch such issues as compliance of the elections with Ukrainian legislation, and a number of monitoring mission’s criteria.
'This for example is media access to the political campaign. This matter should not even be a subject of negotiations. Or the participation of political parties. This is the sense of the political process. Or the election administration issues in terms of the election commission and those who will make the final decision. And the people who left the Donbass, can vote and be presented at the elections, it is their constitutional right,' Klimkin noted.
The conversation among heads of Ukrainian, German, French and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs took place in German capital Berlin on May 11. It was the 12th meeting since the adoption of the format.
Russian side offered Klimkin a number of initiatives in the sphere of legislation to provide the holding of elections in the region. The Ukrainian representative in his turn rejected the offer noting the state's independence on these matters.