9 Oct 2018 18:16

Conflicting parties in Ukraine not displaying enough will to settle crisis - OSCE secretary-general

MINSK. Oct 9 (Interfax) - The parties to the conflict in Ukraine are not displaying enough political will to implement the Minsk Agreements, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary-General Thomas Greminger said.

Speaking to journalists in Minsk on Tuesday, Greminger said he saw the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas as a very important format providing a platform for dialogue between all signatories to the Minsk Agreements.

However, the parties are not really displaying political will to implement both the security and political elements of the Minsk Agreements, the Belarusian state news agency BelTA quoted Greminger as saying.

Asked whether Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and he discussed a possible new candidate to represent Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group, Greminger answered in the negative, saying that this is for Kyiv to decide.

Greminger is visiting Belarus, which is hosting an international conference dealing with measures to oppose terrorism in a digital age on October 9-10. The conference has been organized by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry and the OSCE.