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France and Germany welcome exchange of detainees

Xinhua News Agency, Paris, December 29 (Reporter Xu Yongchun) The French Presidential Palace issued a press statement on the 29th, saying that French President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the exchange of detainees on both sides of the conflict in eastern Ukraine that day.

The communique said that this development is in line with the commitments made by the parties during the "Normandy Model" Four-nation Summit held in Paris in early December. The exchange of detainees between the two parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine is a humanitarian initiative and will help both sides rebuild mutual trust. In addition, according to the decision of the four-nation summit, all parties should implement a comprehensive ceasefire in the Wudong region from now on.

The communique said Macron and Merkel thanked the Tripartite Contact Group on Ukraine (Ukraine, OSCE, Russia) for their efforts in the exchange of detainees and called for continued efforts to achieve the exchange of all detainees. In the coming months, France and Germany will continue to work under the "Normandy Mode" to prepare for the next "Normandy Mode" summit.

The Ukrainian government and civilian forces in eastern Ukraine exchanged detainees near Gorlovka in Donetsk Oblast on the 29th. This is the first large-scale exchange of detainees since 2017.

On the 9th of this month, the "Normandy Model" summit of the four countries aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine was held in Paris, France. Leaders from France, Russia, Germany and Ukraine participated in the meeting. Ceasefire. During the summit, Ukrainian President Zelensky met with Russian President Putin, and the two sides discussed the new round of withdrawal and detainee exchange in the Udong region.


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