|Publisher||France: President of the Republic|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
A meeting between those countries named the 'Normandy Four' - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine - was held on 9 December 2019 to assess the implementation of the Minsk agreements and work on a peaceful solution for the conflict in the eastern region of Ukraine.
The Minsk agreements (Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014 and the Minsk Package of Measures of 12 February 2015) are the basis of the work of the Normandy format. The participants underlined their shared aspiration to a sustainable and comprehensive architecture of trust and security in Europe for which the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is one of several important steps.
The sides committed to a comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire, strengthened by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of the year 2019. They encouraged the Trilateral Contact Group to facilitate the release and exchange of conflict-related detainees by the end of the year, based on the principle of 'all for all'. The sides also expressed interest in agreeing within the Normandy format (N4) and the Trilateral Contact Group on all the legal aspects of the Special Order of Local Self-Government - special status - of Certain Areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Wars | Conflicts|
|Keywords||Unrest in eastern Ukraine | Crimea | Donbas
|Countries / Regions||Ukraine|