Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomes signing of new framework resolution

21.09.2016 - Press release

After many months of stagnation, since last week, efforts have finally been gaining momentum.

Months of hard work behind the scenes will hopefully now bear fruit. We have had to learn that neither declarations of goodwill nor commitments to withdraw arms have been sufficient to ensure that weapons fall and remain silent.

The framework resolution is a new instrument to calm the situation along the line of contact.

Initially, disengagement is to be implemented immediately in three hotspots. More locations must rapidly follow, so that disengagement can be ensured along the entire line of contact.

A sustained ceasefire alone will not ensure implementation of the Minsk agreements, but without silent weapons along the line of contact we will not make any political headway.

Currently, there are no guarantees. Without willingness by the sides to the conflict to adhere to previously-made agreements, there will also be no progress at this time.

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