OSCE: Donbas becomes one of most densely mined areas in world
Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik has said the east of Ukraine is one of the most densely mined areas in the world.
"Today the Security Working Group discussed the topics of ceasefire implementation, disengagement of forces and hardware, as well as demining. Noting that the east of Ukraine has become one of the most densely mined areas in the world, Coordinator of the Group Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan stressed the importance of the so-called 'humanitarian demining' and a systematic approach to it," Sajdik said in a press statement after a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on September 19, 2018.
He also noted the Economic Working Group continued its discussion of further steps to improve the quality of the Vodafone Ukraine mobile communications network in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions ("CADR" and "CALR" respectively), as well as current issues of water deliveries in the Karbonyt and Voda Donbasa supply systems.
"I would like to note some good news. Yesterday, the first stage of repair works of Yuzhnodonbasska water pipeline in the Avdiyivka industrial zone has been accomplished. In this regard, I would like express my gratitude to Mr. Per Fischer, Coordinator of the Economic Working Group. I also thank the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) for its support in providing for 'windows of silence' necessary for the repair works. Pensions and social transfers to conflict zone residents was also a topic of discussions in the Working Group," Sajdik said.
"Coordinator of the Humanitarian Working Group, Ambassador Toni Frisch informed about his field trip to the conflict-affected areas on both sides of the contact line. During the field trip, the Coordinator visited eleven detention places – in Kharkiv, Starobilsk, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Bakhmut. There he met thirty-six detainees, five of them being not conflict-related," he said.
He added the Working Group on Political Issues further considered questions related to the implementation of the so-called "Steinmeier formula," amnesty and modalities of local elections in "CADR" and "CALR" as foreseen by the Minsk agreements.