Ukrainian side in Berlin didn't promise to revise Rada's resolution on local elections – Yermak
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak has said that the Ukrainian side at the meeting of advisors to the heads of state of the Normandy Four in Berlin on September 11 did not undertake any obligations to revise the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada on the appointment of local elections in Ukraine for October 25.
"There was no obligation for the Ukrainian side to revise the resolutions of the Verkhovna Rada, and this is impossible, because we cannot interfere in the activities of the Ukrainian parliament," he said on the Ukraina TV channel on Sunday.
Yermak noted that the Ukrainian delegation only informed the colleagues at the meeting that the deputy from the Servant of the People registered a resolution on changes on July 28. "This resolution exists today, and it will soon be submitted to the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada, where its fate as a legal document will be decided," he said.
As reported, on August 19, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Leonid Kravchuk, informed the TCG participants about sending an appeal to the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal to consider the issue of compliance of the parliamentary resolution on the appointment of the next local elections in 2020 with the law of Ukraine on a special procedure for local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which was supported by the UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015).
Earlier, the media released a copy of the Russian document that the Russian side presented during the negotiations within the TCG. In the draft final document of the upcoming meeting of the Normandy Four advisers, Russia set out its demands for the Ukrainian side, in particular, to cancel the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada, which does not allow holding local elections in the occupied territories.
The draft resolution on amendments to the resolution on the conduct of local elections was introduced by MP Oleksandr Kachura. According to this draft, "Elections of deputies of local councils and rural, settlement, city mayors, not appointed in accordance with paragraph 2 of this resolution, will be appointed in accordance with the procedure and terms specified by laws, subject to: the full completion of the procedures for disarmament, demilitarization and reintegration in the respective territories in accordance with the standards of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."