Contact group on Ukraine announces completion of all tasks prior to Normandy Four summit

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-28 06:04:41|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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MINSK, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The contact group on Ukraine has fulfilled all the tasks set by Normandy Four political advisors, Martin Sajdik, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)'s special representative in the contact group, said on Wednesday.

Sajdik stressed the contact group and its subgroups had completed all the tasks set by political advisors of the Normandy format. "Today I look forward to the meeting with strong hope," he told journalists following the contact group's meeting in Minsk.

Established in June 2014, the Normandy Four is a contact group for senior officials from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine that erupted in April 2014.

The leaders of the four countries are expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine in Paris on Dec. 9.

The events in the conflict region recently inspires "certain optimism," Sajdik said.

The diplomat said that early this week the parties notified the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine they had completed the disengagement of forces and assets near Zolotoye in eastern Ukraine. Work is still being done to dismantle and remove fortifications near Petrovskoye, he added.

Sajdik urged the parties to do their best to keep the situation peaceful and quiet. "I hope the work of the leaders of the Normandy Four in Paris on 9 December will not be disturbed by combat operations in the Donbass area," he said.

The next meeting of the contact group will be held in Minsk on Dec. 18.