OSCE Confirms Disengagement near Petrivske
Special Monitoring Mission receives notifications of "readiness to begin removal of fortifications and other installations of military value." Developments move Normandy Format foward.
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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukrraine (SMM) confirmed the completion of withdrawal of forces and hardware in the agreed areas near the villages of Bohdanivka and Petrivske, the press office of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine reports.
SMM recieved confirmations of disengagement completion from forces on both sides of the front line the OSCE spot report said on Nov.13. Monitors recieved the letter from the representatives of the armed formations of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (CADR and CALR) on Tusday (Nov.12) and two diplomatic notes (Note Verbale) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Nov.13.
“The second Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the above-mentioned letter from the armed formations also contained notifications of readiness to begin the removal of fortifications and other installations of military value from the disengagement area,” the report stated.
Notifications were provided to the SMM in accordance with a timeline, endorsed by the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on 1 October 2019, regulating the withdrawal of forces and hardware, and the removal of fortifications and demining, the report said.
The renewal of disengagement near Petrivske expedited the time of the Normandy Format, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovakia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák said.
“Following the positive steps in Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote, the renewal of the disengagement from Petrivske brings us closer to a summit of the Normandy Format,” Lajčák said. “A summit meeting would constitute an important step in the efforts for a peaceful and sustainable resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” he added.
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