France welcomes the adoption today by the Ukrainian Parliament of a law extending the special status of Donbass, as provided for in the law of September 16, 2014.
The adoption of this law confirms Ukraine’s attachment to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
The Minsk agreements, concluded on September 5 and 19, 2014, and complemented on February 12, 2015, by the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements” under the auspices of the heads of state and government in the Normandy format (France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia), are aimed at restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity, while providing for a decentralization process.
In this context, it was agreed during the summit held in the Normandy format in Paris on October 2, 2015, that the special autonomous status would enter into force in two stages: on a provisional basis on the day of the local elections in the territories currently under separatist control; then on a permanent basis once the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has confirmed that these elections comply with international standards and Ukrainian law.
France and Germany will continue their mediation efforts within the Normandy format in order to find a lasting solution to the conflict.