UN Secretary-General urged to take steps to Donbas conflict de-escalation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ban Ki-moon called all parties to end hostilities and resume talks
11:15, 18 August 2015

Ban Ki-moon

“[The Secretary-General] calls on all sides to continue with dialogue and to fully abide by the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, including as related to the use of heavy weapons. Continued cease-fire violations and the resulting loss of life are unacceptable,” said in the statement issued by the Office of the UN Spokesperson. 

The Secretary-General states that following truce is to prevent a spiral of violence that will lead to more deaths, human suffering and destruction of infrastructure and negatively affect regional stability. Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about access for critical humanitarian assistance, and freedom of movement for civilians throughout the country, which should be unrestricted and unconditional "in order to address a deteriorating humanitarian situation", according to the statement.

UN Secretary-General is aware of harassment aimed at OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, and he expects all parties will fully respect the role of its personnel and facilities.

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