The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus welcomes the decision to confirm the text of the ‘Steinmeier formula’. The decision was taken at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk on 1 October 2019, Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told BelTA.
“We sincerely welcome the agreement reached at the TCG meeting in Minsk to renew the disengagement of forces and hardware along two sections in Donbass starting from 7 October. The confirmation of the ‘Steinmeier formula’ is an important step towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements and reaching long-awaited peace in Ukraine,” Anatoly Glaz said.
A reminder, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik released a press statement informing that members of the Trilateral Contact Group and representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions confirmed the ‘Steinmeier formula’. “Upon the recommendation of the Normandy Four Political Advisers as of 11 September 2019, the TCG members and representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions (CADR and CALR) confirmed today, in letters addressed to me, the text of the ‘Steinmeier formula’ for implementation in Ukrainian legislation. The text was agreed by the Political Advisers in the Normandy format,” the press statement reads.
According to the diplomat, the TCG also determined the date of 7 October 2019 for renewal of the disengagement of forces and hardware in the Zolote and Petrivske areas. “These two important steps were taken as tasked by the Normandy Four, and I hope that, with them, the TCG has contributed to furthering work in the Normandy format,” Martin Sajdik said.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed the formula during his time as German foreign minister in February 2015.
The formula provided, among other things, for holding local elections in Donbass under the supervision of OSCE, and if the organization deems these elections free and fair, then the special status of these regions will take effect.