Russia blocks presence of UN peacekeepers in Donbas

The Ukrainian government is looking for new ways of resolving the conflict
09:54, 26 August 2017


Given that the Minsk agreements haven’t resulted in peace in the last three years, the government is looking into all possible ways of resolving the conflict, and engaging the UN peacekeepers in the conflict is one of them. However, such attempts are blocked by Russia, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO Vadym Prystaiko told Radio Svoboda.

“One of the options discussed was giving the OSCE mission representatives light weapons, so that they feel more confident, and be able to visit places they need to visit. Another option: presence of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas. We undoubtedly know who blocks this – the same Russia, that backs the militants,” Prystaiko said.

Previously president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is to raise the issue of bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas at UN General Assembly session.

Related: Moldova asks UN General Assembly to consider withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

Related: War in Donbas will end either peacefully, or militarily, but not through Minsk agreements

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26 August 2017, 11:18
art.377 UNGA !!! United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 377 A, the "Uniting for Peace" resolution: "To facilitate prompt action by the General Assembly in the case of a dead-locked Security Council, the resolution created the mechanism of the "emergency special session" (ESS), which can be called upon the basis of either a procedural vote in the Security Council, or within twenty-four hours of a request by a majority of UN Members being received by the Secretary-General. In procedural votes, the permanent members of the Security Council—the so-called "P5"—do not have the ability to block the adoption of draft resolutions, so unlike substantive matters, such resolutions can be adopted without their consent."
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