Source: Kiev asks for 65 days to pull back weapons

Kiev has proposed to envisage a two-month period for the pullback of weapons from the Donbass contact line in the arms withdrawal document, a source in the Contact Group has told Interfax.

Kiev has proposed to envisage a two-month period for the pullback of weapons from the Donbass contact line in the arms withdrawal document, a source in the Contact Group has told Interfax.

"A final document on the arms withdrawal was preliminary coordinated by the sides before the previous meeting of the Contact Group (. . .). Kiev representatives did not sign that document but asked for more time for its in-depth study and discussion. Later on, they proposed amongst other amendments to provide a 65-day period for arms withdrawal in the document. They also said that the countdown should begin the moment the document was signed by all sides," the source noted.

Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics rejected the amendments made by Kiev, and the sides started working on new drafts of the arms withdrawal document, he said.

The sides yielded two drafts of the arms withdrawal document covering the standpoints of all parties to the conflict at the August 4 meeting of the security subgroup, the source said.

Both drafts vested OSCE monitors deployed in the conflict zone with control over the withdrawal of weapons.

"The documents do not give a detailed technical description of the control process, or stationary posts manned by monitors in the buffer zone or inspection trips. These issues are expected to be resolved in a working manner," the source told Interfax.

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