Ukraine initiates a visit of UN Security Council permanent representatives to Donbas. The goal of the visit is to persuade the Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.
Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative in the UN, said this January 7 in an interview with Channel 5.
“The idea came up most recently: we could organize a visit of a group of UN Security Council permanent representatives, and they could see for themselves that the UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine is really necessary, not only for this country, but also for the entire international society”, he said.
Previously, Yelchenko said he raised the question of deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation in Donbas at his recent meeting with the organization’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Besides, he discusses the issue with representatives of the UK and France; in his words, the meetings “will continue this week”.
“The idea still hasn’t been discussed officially. We’ve been trying to understand why this initiative is perceived without any enthusiasm. Of course, one can surely expect Russian veto on the respective decision by the Council”, Yelchenko said.
He reiterated that for the negotiations on the issue, it is necessary that the UN Secretariat send an assessment mission to Ukraine; the mission would “assess the number of staff, communication-related issues, opportunities for quartering and many other questions”. “No such decision has been made yet”, the Ukrainian diplomat said.