Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov, announced that the United States Institute of Peace hosted a round table with the participation of authoritative experts, members of parliament, the U.S. State Department, international organizations and representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
According to him, participants discussed the possibilities and risks of the Donbas de-occupation plan and formulated its key points.
"The U.S. Institute of Peace has held a round table with the participation of authoritative experts, members of parliament, the U.S. Department of State and international organizations. They openly discussed the possibilities and risks of the Donbas de-occupation plan. The beginning of the international dialogue is a crucial step towards the implementation of our plan ... 16 ambassadors, Department of State representatives, and experts together formulated the main paradigms," wrote Avakov on his Twitter account.
Last April, Avakov presented his plan for the peaceful return of the "occupied territory of Donbas to Ukraine". Among other things, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs proposes to deploy UN peacekeepers into the uncontrolled territory in stages.
The minister believes that subsequently, Ukraine should pass laws regarding amnesty and “collaborators”, as well as grant special economic status to the returned territories in order for them to be restored at a faster pace.
The implementation of the peacekeeping mission is a controversial issue for Ukraine and the Russia, which supports the militants in the Donbas. Ukraine is counting on a full-scale mission that will take control of the entire territory of Donbas, inclusive of the state border. Russia offered only a "security mission" to ensure the safety of OSCE observers in the collision area.