Gerashchenko: Passing legislation on humanitarian demining should unite Ukraine parliament
Ukraine's Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for the Donbas settlement, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko says the adoption of the law on humanitarian demining in Donbas will unite the Ukrainian parliament as there can be no politics and ideological differences in this matter.
"Demining in Donbas is one of the most serious humanitarian problems. Over 7,000 kilometers are affected by explosives today. Therefore, I appeal to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine's parliament] to put on the agenda the four bills on demining. I hope that the unifying bill 9080-1 will be adopted in the first reading as early as this week. More than 40 lawmakers from different factions, the relevant committee, and envoys of our partner states have been drafting the document. The adoption of the law on humanitarian demining will significantly strengthen our dialogue with NATO Allies and help those trust funds that are engaged in demining more actively help Ukraine," the politician said during the Conciliation Council meeting of the chairs of factions and parliamentary committees on October 16.
Gerashchenko also added that the bill should unite the parliament, because there can be no politics and ideological differences in this matter.