The “Normandie” Meeting
Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine all togetherMay 19th, 2016
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Hon. Mininster Jean-Marc Ayrault, went to Berlin to meet his counterparts from Germany, Russia and Ukraine. He also met the Hon. President Norbert Lammert, President of the Bundestag, to talk about the major European and international issues. The meeting was held on May 11th 2016, and the main topic was about the Minsk agreements, with particular regard to three aspects. In accordance with the press briefing excerpt from May 12th, 2016, here below the main issues are described.
The first aspect is about security in East Ukraine, whereby the Ministers agreed on concrete progress towards the consolidation of the cease-fire, the disengagement of troops as “hot spots”; the establishment of demilitarized zones, the removal of weapons, the implementation of mine action, and the creation of a coordination mechanism between the Joint Centre for control and coordination set up to monitor the cease-fire and the OSCE.
The second aspect is about the local elections in Eastern Ukraine, whereby the Ministers instructed the coordinator of the policy working group and the Ambassador Pierre Morel, to continue discussions based on the draft electoral law submitted by Ukraine and Russian proposals.
Ultimately, Ministers expected that the parties would continue to examine, in the coming weeks, the options issued by the OSCE on election security. France and Germany are determined after this productive meeting, to continue their efforts for the consolidation of the cease-fire in effect since the Easter break will allow the next elections to be held in Ukraine.