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Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russian idea to give terrorists the status of deputies of local councils will not work
19.10.2015 | 09:47
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

A separate law must be adopted in order to hold elections in Donbas. "But there are very strict conditions" for the holding of these elections, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated in "Ten Minutes" on Sunday, October 18.

"With regard to elections in Donbas that is temporarily controlled by Russian gangsters and terrorists: of course, elections should be held there. And for this purpose, it is necessary to pass a separate law. But there are very clear conditions for elections to be held in Donbas," he highlighted.

The first one is that "no one will hold elections at the point of Russian automatic rifles": "They must leave the territory of Ukraine and implement the Minsk deal," Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined.

"The one and a half million of internally displaced persons registered in Ukraine must be allowed to vote in these elections and elect those who will represent local authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk," emphasised the Prime Minister.

The third condition, according to him, - such elections must be held strictly in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the high standards of fair and transparent elections.

"Fourth - we must ensure political competition in Donetsk and Luhansk both through mass media access to these territories and by allowing all Ukrainian political parties to take part in these elections and send their candidates there," he said.

"A Russian idea to legalize this enclave through elections and give terrorists the status of deputies of local councils will not work", Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed.


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