18:56 16.05.2018

Volker meets with families of hostages, political prisoners and missing persons in Kyiv - Gerashchenko

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Volker meets with families of hostages, political prisoners and missing persons in Kyiv - Gerashchenko

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker met with families of hostages, political prisoners and missing persons in Kyiv on Wednesday and discussed with parliamentarians the prospect of introducing peacekeepers to Donbas and the United States' assistance in matters of security, First Deputy Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament Iryna Gerashchenko has said.

"Members of different [parliamentary] factions and groups met with the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker as part of the informal Minsk parliamentary platform. Today, he has exchanged views with the lawmakers on prospects for a peacekeeping mission in Donbas, on the work of checkpoints, challenges that internally displaced persons are facing, as well as environmental issues," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

She said that the discussion also focused on reforms, work on the laws on the anti-corruption court and national security, de-mining, preparations for the Ukraine-NATO summit, U.S. assistance in security and defense issues, provision of weapons, and others.

"Donbas and Crimea, human rights violations in the occupied areas, the search for the missing, the release of hostages and political prisoners remain key. (...) He also met with families of hostages, political prisoners and missing persons," she added.

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