Ukraine - Joint press statement by E.Macron and A.Merkel
JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC AND THE CHANCELOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY CONCERNING THE SITUATION IN EASTERN UKRAINE.
Following the last phone call of Heads of State and Government of the “Normandy” format on August 22nd, France and Germany unfortunately have to acknowledge that the security situation in the East of Ukraine has not significantly improved. Despite the joint endorsement by the Normandy 4, the ceasefire declared by the Trilateral Contact Group has not been fully implemented by the very same parties which signed it. There is still a large number of cease-fire violations, including with the use of heavy weapons. The OSCE SMM continues to report threats to the integrity of its personnel and restrictions of their liberty of movement, especially in non-government controlled areas.
We urge President Poutine and President Porochenko to fully abide by their commitments, publicly endorse the ceasefire and ensure that proper instructions have been passed on to the military and forces deployed on the ground. We encourage greater cooperation within the JCCC (Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination) to address ongoing fighting, and call on all parties to provide safe and unimpeded access to the SMM.
We will continue to monitor closely the situation in the coming days.