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    Minsk Agreement "Best Found" to Solve Ukrainian Crisis – OSCE

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    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General said that Normandy format agreement reached in Minsk to resolve the Ukrainian crisis is the best solution to date.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) The Normandy format agreement reached in Minsk to resolve the Ukrainian crisis is the best solution to date, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik.

    "I think it is the best we’ve found," Zannier said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Monday.

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told Sputnik on Monday that there is no sense in extending the Minsk peace agreements beyond 2015, since delays in the deal’s implementation could result in "a frozen conflict."

    Zannier added that he is looking forward to the upcoming Normandy Summit and expressed hope that the involved parties can "help push the political process forward."

    The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are expected to meet on October 2 in Paris to discuss the Ukrainian crisis. The Normandy Four format was created in 2014 to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    In February, the quartet leaders worked out the Minsk peace deal, later signed by the Kiev forces and the militias of the eastern Ukrainian regions. Under the deal, both constitutional reforms aimed at decentralizing power in Ukraine and local elections in Donbas must be concluded before the end of 2015.

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has proposed new ideas for withdrawing heavy weapons in conflict-torn East Ukraine ahead of the upcoming Normandy Quartet summit, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik.

    "There are some ideas that we have put forward, for instance in relation to the withdrawal of heavy weapons, and we have given them to the sides," Lamberto said Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

    He added that the Normandy Quartet political working group representing Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia has also put forward ideas.

    The ceasefire holding in southeastern Ukraine may lead to a new phase in solving the internal conflict, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    "No. Not really. The last few weeks it’s been relatively calm," Zannier said on Monday when asked whether the OSCE had seen any violations on the ground. "We hope that this situation will generate also trust between the sides and that really we enter a new phase."

    Zannier explained that the new stage would lead to rebuilding, studying problems in communities, and may open the door for new humanitarian assistance.

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