Сomment of the Ombudsman following Minsk negotiations of 29 March

Comments and statements of the Ombudsman News

Once again Daria Morozova raised the issue of the procedure for release of prisoners of war at the meeting in Minsk. She underlined that the UN release mechanism for those prisoners who refused to cross the delimitation line as part of the exchange, introduced earlier, require further drafting. This was announced today by the Ombudsman’s press-service.

“Some paragraphs of the mechanism, introduced by the UN, need to be clarified. Paragraph 3 prescribes taking interviews from all persons deprived of liberty. We believe that it is necessary to verify only those persons who refuse to be exchanged and to cross the delimitation line, instead of verifying all prisoners of war. It should also be taken into account that there are about 300 persons, who are technically free but they still cannot cross the delimitation line. The fifth paragraph is a step-by-step approach. It is necessary to specify time frames” – said Daria Morozova.

The Ukrainian side also supported the statenent of Daria Morozova that the exchange process is becoming more complex, the Ombudsman’s press-service stressed.