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    From the left : Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose for a photo during a time-break in their peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are gathering for crucial talks in the hope of negotiating an end fighting between Russia-backed separatist and government forces in eastern Ukraine.

    OSCE PA President Urges Trust-Building Efforts in Promoting Minsk Agreement

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Newly appointed OSCE PA is intended to promoting better dialogue for trust-building between the parties involved in the Minsk agreements.

    TBILISI (Sputnik) — Newly appointed President of the Organization for Security and Co-operation Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) Christine Muttonen of Austria told Sputnik on Tuesday that she intended to continue working on the implementation of the Minsk agreements by promoting better dialogue for trust-building between the parties.

    "I think we have to have a better dialogue for trust-building and to continue working on the Minsk process. I think these are the most important things for the months to come and we will continue to work on that in small groups so we build a better dialogue and a better basis for mutual understanding," Muttonen said.

    In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in Minsk, after talks among the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawals from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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