Monday, July 11, 2016, DONi Donbass International News Agency https://dninews.com (Donbass)
The first group of international observers being ready to monitor all-people’s public voting in the DPR has been presented in the press office of the Donetsk News Agency today.
‘To be impartial illumination of this process, we are inviting the international observers. We hope that they will give, according to results, recommendations on increasing the level of holding the elections in the Republic,’ pointed out Natalya Nikonorova, the acting Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
The representative of Finland Johan Bäckman and of Serbia Miodrag Zarkovic were among the representatives of the first group.
Nikonorova added thatin the near future there would be represented new observers.
‘They will be the representatives of Germany, Italy, Rumania, France and the other European counties,’ pointed out Natalya Nikonorova, the acting Head of the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Poroshenko has 3 days left
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Monday, July 11, 2016, DONi Donbass International News Agency https://dninews.com (Donbass)
The head of the DPR People's Council and the head of the DPR delegation at the negotiations in Minsk, Denis Pushilin has issued a statement in which he emphasized that, without the adoption by Kiev of the law on the special status (i.e. the status of the so-called "individual regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions" as Kiev calls the Donetsk and Lugansk republics), a political settlement in Donbass is impossible.
What is behind this statement?
On the eve of a possible vote in the Verkhovnaya Rada for the "Minsk bills" (the law on elections to the DPR and LPR, amnesty, decentralization) Donetsk wants to warn Kiev so that the latter, firstly, not forget to agree with the Republics, as required by the Minsk-2, these same laws, and, secondly, not forget the to pass, within the «Minsk Complex of measures», the law about the special status, as agreed with the DPR and LPR.
If there is no such agreement, then Donetsk and Lugansk will never recognize these laws as the way of their adoption contradicts the Minsk-2.
The Minsk-2 also will not be fulfilled unless there is a law on the special status.
Kerry recently visited Kiev where he held negotiations with Poroshenko.
The briefing transcript released by the State Department shows that «a draft law on elections in Donbass is ready and has been handed over to the negotiators; in addition, there have been developed a number of requirements to hold an amnesty in Donbass».
Earlier, Poroshenko’s administration wriggled out of answering the question whether such a bill was being developed at their instructions or not. Talks on this subject had been circulating for a long time. And Kerry confirmed that the draft law was developed.
However, neither Pushilin, nor the LPR representatives or the Trilateral contact group have not heard anything about these bills, and nothing has been passed to them.
The deadline is approaching, however.
By the way, the Ukrainian nationalists in the Parliament are unhappy, too. They argue that Poroshenko is negotiating with the Americans behind the scenes, hoping to "bend" the Parliament in order to ensure the effective vote.
One way or another, July 14 is the last day of session of the Parliament before its leaving for the summer vacations. If the «Minsk» laws agreed with the DPR and LPR are not adopted before this day, it means that Kiev has disrupted the elections in Donbass this autumn, and the Minsk-2 implementation has been transferred to 2017.
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DPR explained to Kiev why elections in Donbass are not to pass without amnesty
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, DONi Donbass International News Agency https://dninews.com (Donbass)
Non-prosecution of the parties to the conflict in Donbass is one of the key conditions for the local elections in the region. It was stated by Natalia Nikonorova, the Acting Minister of the DPR Foreign Affairs and the DPR representative in the political subgroup.
Earlier, Olga Ayvazovskaya, the Ukrainian representative in the political subgroup of the Contact Group, stated that the amnesty of the militiamen in Donbas was possible only after holding democratic elections in the territories uncontrolled by Kiev.
‘Democratic elections are not possible without implementing the paragraph 5 of the Complex of measures and adopting a law on non-prosecution of the participants in the events in Donbass.
This procedure should be carried out to make it possible to guarantee the active and passive electoral rights of our residents, which will allow them to directly participate in the elections.
Without this procedure, who then will be the voters and candidates? All people living on the territory of the Republic are, in this or that way, participants in the events,’ explained the head of the Ministry.
Nikonorova noted that Kiev should develop a separate law on non-prosecution of individual participants in the events in Donbass.
‘Without this procedure, we can not talk about the elections,’ she summed up.
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Natalya Nikonorova refutes Kerry’s statement on Kiev’s progress in preparing elections and amnesty in Donbass
Saturday, July 9, DONi Donbass International News Agency https://dninews.com (Donbass)
There is no progress in implementing the Minsk Agreements concerning the elections and amnesty. Kiev is sabotaging the solution of these issues, said by Natalya Nikonorova, the Head of the DPR Foreign Ministry.
Thus, the Minister commented on the statement of John Kerry, the State Secretary of the USA, on the fact that Kiev had reached the definite progress and there was drafted legislation on elections and on amnesty.
‘During yesterday’s visit to Kiev, John Kerry, the State Secretary stated that Poroshenko had noticeably advanced in the issue of elections and amnesty. It is incomprehensible where did the State Security take such information from. In the Minsk Contact Group the representatives of Kiev is frankly sabotaging the work on these issues,’ pointed out Natalya Nikonorova, the Head of the Foreign Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
According to her, there were only amnestied the Ukrainian punishers for the time being and there is no progress in the issue of elections.
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