We’re pleased to note that the proposal from the LNR to postpone elections in the Donbass until 21 February 2016 on condition that Kiev fully implements the political points of the Minsk-2 Accord met a receptive reception from the Normandy Quartet. We studied the statements and recommendations of Frau Merkel and M Hollande that came out of the 2 October Paris summit. Today, we held consultations in Minsk with representatives of the OSCE and Russia. Both A V Zakharchenko and I V Plotnitsky gave us direction. Therefore, taking into account the above stipulations, we announce that the DNR and LNR agree to postpone elections until 2016, instead of holding them on 18 October and 1 November.
During this time, the Ukraine must fulfil all the obligations of the Minsk Accords. Particularly, it must grant special status to the Donbass and forgo any prosecution and punishment of anyone who participated in the events in the DNR and LNR. It must also abrogate proposed amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution and replace them with items coördinated with us. We’re ready to work together with all parties to the Minsk talks to harmonise the special draft law on elections. However, we can only resume these negotiations after we get approval for the parameters for the mandate of the Contact Group and the Working Groups. We need to stipulate protocols in re disagreements and compromises. Moreover, we must clearly underscore what decisions we shall consider appropriate and what we shall consider inappropriate.
The lack of formal published decisions led to the fact that, until today, Kiev, either directly or indirectly, sabotaged the execution of the Minsk Accords by taking unilateral decisions or by distorting their intent. Therefore, the political settlement in February didn’t change a thing. For our work in Minsk to have permanent results, we need formal norms. We believe that all participants in the Minsk talks should formally initial the special draft law on elections, as well as any draft amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution, not to mention all other agreements that come out of the talks. If the Verkhovnaya Rada dares to change an agreed text, we should consider it an irregular and unacceptable violation of the Minsk Accords. The DNR and LNR reaffirm their commitment to the peace process for the sake of a dignified life and to protect the rights of the people of the Donbass.
6 October 2015
Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet
Deputy Chairman of the LNR Peoples Soviet
DAN Donetsk News Agency