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International working group agreed on phased introduction of peacekeepers to Donbass - Marchuk 11/08/2018 17:37:11. Total views 46. Views today — 3.

The international working group agreed on the phased introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the Donbass. This was stated to journalists by representative of Ukraine in the subgroup on security of the Tripartite Contact Group on the settlement of situation in Donbass (Ukraine - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Russia) Yevhen Marchuk, - Ukrainian News reports.

"I represent Ukraine in two more groups on Donbass. One of them concerns the UN peacekeeping mission's mandate which would be a compromise. CADLO do not participate there. In addition to Ukraine and Russia, the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, the UN experts on peacekeeping missions and the Netherlands are in them. The last meeting took place in Bratislava. We reached about 30% of the consensus there, but this is a working level. The opportunity for advancement came when the parties agreed to divide the peace process into 4-5 stages", - Marchuk said.

According to him, the parties have agreement on the temporary administrations in Donbass.

"The second block of documents is transitional components: transitional justice, transitional administrations, amnesties and elections. It is not easy, but there is an agreement on some points regarding the formation of transitional administrations. For example, if you take a phased introduction of the peacekeepers, the first stage is the front line and normalization of life in the front-line zone. In transitional administrations, a peacemaker may be senior or it can be by agreement, but representatives from both the occupied and non-occupied parts must be present", - he said.

Marchuk added that the most difficult problem in negotiations is distrust of the parties, which should be overcome by eliminating hateful speech among politicians and the media.

As previously reported, the Ukrainian party of the TCG excluded the direction of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass before the election of President and the Verkhovna Rada. Earlier, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission could take at least 6-10 months.