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Germany: Heavy weapons should be withdrawn from Ukraine frontlines by December - Steinmeier03:23

Germany: Heavy weapons should be withdrawn from Ukraine frontlines by December - Steinmeier

Germany, Berlin
November 6, 2015 at 15:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a statement to the press following the 'Normandy format' diplomatic meeting on the Ukrainian crisis with the foreign ministers of Russia Sergei Lavrov, France Laurent Fabius and Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, at the foreign ministry's guesthouse, Villa Borsig in Berlin, Monday.

The German minister told the press about the most important points of the meeting, saying that "until the end of this month, the end of November, we should reach an agreement that contains guidelines to clearing mines," adding that "these guidelines should be decided upon by the end of November, so that the work can start before the winter."

Steinmeier also commented on the political process and the elections, saying "we have agreed on principals and sequences of the elections and applying special status law in Paris on October 2." adding that "we identified five areas that we will devote ourselves to. For example, the question of how to deal with displaced persons who officially reside in the Donbass region."

According to Steinmeier, by applying the patterns of the ceasefire arrangement (of light weapons) to approach the withdrawal of heavy weapons, "it should be possible to complete the withdrawal of heavy weapons by the end of November, start of December.

Germany: Heavy weapons should be withdrawn from Ukraine frontlines by December - Steinmeier03:23
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a statement to the press following the 'Normandy format' diplomatic meeting on the Ukrainian crisis with the foreign ministers of Russia Sergei Lavrov, France Laurent Fabius and Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, at the foreign ministry's guesthouse, Villa Borsig in Berlin, Monday.

The German minister told the press about the most important points of the meeting, saying that "until the end of this month, the end of November, we should reach an agreement that contains guidelines to clearing mines," adding that "these guidelines should be decided upon by the end of November, so that the work can start before the winter."

Steinmeier also commented on the political process and the elections, saying "we have agreed on principals and sequences of the elections and applying special status law in Paris on October 2." adding that "we identified five areas that we will devote ourselves to. For example, the question of how to deal with displaced persons who officially reside in the Donbass region."

According to Steinmeier, by applying the patterns of the ceasefire arrangement (of light weapons) to approach the withdrawal of heavy weapons, "it should be possible to complete the withdrawal of heavy weapons by the end of November, start of December.

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