Law on conditions for peace settlement of Donbas crisis comes into force

16:57, 10 October 2017
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The Law of Ukraine "On creating the necessary conditions for a peace settlement of the situation in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on October 6 and signed by the President of Ukraine on October 7, came into force.

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The law was published in the Ukrainian parliament's official newspaper "Holos Ukrainy" on Tuesday, October 10.

The law stipulates that it shall come into effect since the date of publication.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the law extended for another year the law "On the special order of local self-governance in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," adopted in 2014.

According to the law, a special order of local self-governance is being implemented in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for a period of one year from the day the Law of Ukraine "On creating the necessary conditions for a peace settlement of the situation in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions" comes into force.

Read alsoPoroshenko signs law on conditions for peaceful settlement of Donbas crisisThe law establishes that a special order of local self-governance in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions comes into effect only after it has met all the conditions set forth in Article 10 of the Law "On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions" regarding the withdrawal of all illegal armed formations, their military equipment, as well as militants and mercenaries, from the territory of Ukraine.

The conditions for holding snap local elections of members of district, city, village councils of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are laid down in Article 10 "Final Provisions" of the Law "On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions."

In the earlier adopted law, the election date was determined as Sunday, December 7, 2014. In the new legislation, the norm has not been removed, while the deadline has already expired. The article stipulates that elections should be held with the involvement of international observers, in particular, from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, other international organizations and foreign states, as well as other official observers.

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