France urged to facilitate access of humanitarian aid to occupied Donbas

Paris also calls for progress in mine action

Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian during a video conference of foreign Ministers of “Norman Quartet” called upon to facilitate humanitarian access in the occupied Donbass. This is stated in the statement of the French foreign Ministry.

“Access for humanitarian organizations must be facilitated so that they could provide people with all necessary assistance,” — said the Minister. Paris also called for rapid progress in mine clearance especially near places frequented by civilians.

He added that a video conference held together with the Ukrainian, German and Russian colleagues, “became the first high-level meeting in the “channel format” after the summit in Paris.” “This conference allowed us to discuss implementation of the agreements reached at the Paris summit, and to consider urgent measures in connection with the distribution of coronavirus in the East of Ukraine”, —said the Minister. He said that the participants agreed to call the parties for a full ceasefire.

Head of the research center of the French Institute of international and strategic relations, Jean de Gliniasty said that the meeting was necessary to “synchronize watches” in the implementation of the goals set out in the communiqué from the December summit. “France attaches great importance to the search for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine. We see this as an important prerequisite for creating new security architecture in Europe”, – expressed his opinion the expert.

Recall that the foreign Minister “Norman four” held on Thursday in the videoconference negotiations on conflict settlement on Donbass. The main purpose of these contacts was to assess how recommendations of the Paris summit of the “Quartet” held in December last year, and to discuss the prospects of a new meeting of leaders “channel format”.

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The negotiators called on parties to the conflict to set a date for a cease-fire and to prepare for further exchanges of prisoners, and noted the need to continue contacts at the level of the foreign Ministry.

Recall that the foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov made a new cynical statement on the Donbass.

See story about the results “Norman summit” in Paris in December last year:

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