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Published on February 24, 2015
Communiqué issued by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on the Normandy format ministerial meeting

Paris, February 24, 2015

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met this morning in Paris, in accordance with the decision made by the heads of state and government in the Normandy format last week.

The meeting followed the signing in Minsk of a “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” and the declaration by the heads of state and government of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine adopted on 12 February 2015, providing for the establishment of an oversight mechanism in the Normandy format.

This morning they exchanged views on the implementation of the ceasefire. The situation in Debaltseve in particular was discussed and particular attention was given to the situation in the region of Mariupol.

The four ministers call for the strict implementation of all provisions of the Minsk agreements, beginning with a total ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of heavy weapons.

They call for the swiftest possible conclusion of the plans for the withdrawal of heavy weapons and their full implementation. They ask for a reinforcement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the extension of its mandate with additional personnel, equipment and financing. To this end, they are ready to take the initiative in Vienna to ensure that this mandate is extended swiftly.

They call on all parties to ensure full access by the OSCE observers to all areas. They call on all parties to fully cooperate with the OSCE, in order to enable it to fulfil its mandate, particularly regarding the monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of heavy weapons. They invite the OSCE and the JCCC to liaise closely in their work in order to help the OSCE monitor the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons.
They also call on the Trilateral Contact Group to establish working groups without delay, in order to achieve progress on a range of issues, including the political process, as agreed in the “Package of Measures”, with the participation of representatives of all signatories of the Minsk agreements.

They underline the importance of unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to all areas.

Lastly, they confirm that France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine remain determined to continue their action in this format and to do their utmost to ensure that the commitments made are honoured and the crisis is resolved.

They task their political directors/deputy foreign ministers to oversee the implementation of the Minsk Package. They will return to the issue if need be./.

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