MINSK – Ukranian and rebel envoys concluded "difficult" marathon talks on Wednesday without agreeing the date of a new round aimed at ending the uprising devastating the state's industrial east.
The five-hour preliminary discussion in the Belarussian capital Minsk had been tentatively due to be followed by a second meeting on Friday at which a final accord was to be signed.
But separatist representatives stressed that they could not yet promise whether the negotiations would resume as planned.
"We had a difficult preliminary meeting," Donetsk separatist region mediator Denis Pushilin told a pro-separatist news site.
"The date and time of the next meeting is still up in the air. It is under discussion," Pushilin said.
The self-declared Donetsk leader Alexander Zakharchenko later added vaguely that "a second round is still ahead". Neither Ukrainian officials nor the Russian and European envoys spoke to reporters waiting outside the gated Belarussian state mansion that hosted the talks. — AFP