18 Sep 2017 14:23

Bill on Donbas reintegration to be submitted to Rada after Poroshenko's visit to North America

KYIV. Sept 18 (Interfax) - A future bill on Donbas's reintegration with Ukraine may not contain provisions on the procedure for deploying a peacekeeping mission to the region if there is a decision to deploy such peacekeepers under international treaties, Ukrainian presidential representative to the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko said.

"If there is a chance to use international agreements and deploy a peacekeeping mission under these agreements, the bill will be submitted without this provision. If there is a need to provide for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission through a special legal provision, it will be added there, and then [the bill] will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada," Lutsenko said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

The lack of clarity on the issue is what is preventing the Donbas reintegration bill's submission to the parliament now, she said.

The document will be presented to the Verkhovna Rada after President Petro Poroshenko returns, she said.

Poroshenko is on a working visit to the U.S. until September 21, after which he will pay a working visit to Canada on September 22-23.