PARIS: The leaders of France, Germany, Russia andÂ Ukraine on Thursday urged the fighting camps in east Ukraine to rapidly signÂ preliminary accords to withdraw weapons from the area, the French president’sÂ office said.
During a phone conversation, French President Francois Hollande, GermanÂ Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UkrainianÂ President Petro Poroshenko said they “want the agreements to be signed as soonÂ as possible,” the office said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
They also requested that an effective monitoring plan be drawn up to ensureÂ the withdrawal of heavy arms, which should have been already pulled out asÂ stipulated by the peace accord signed in Minsk in February.
Besides, the four leaders discussed Ukraine’s upcoming local election, set toÂ promote decentralisation in the east European country in addition to
humanitarian issues, mainly the exchange of prisoners. — BERNAMA