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France is ready to send peacekeeping forces to Donbas if it is necessary, - Ambassador Poncins

French ambassador believes that the introduction of peacekeepers does not always mean a solution to the problem since the mission can be in the conflict zone for 20-30 years, but there would be no result
09:15, 12 November 2019

Ukraine's Defense Ministry

France is ready to send its peacekeeping forces to Donbas as part of a UN mission if it is necessary. This was stated by Ambassador of France to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins in an interview with The Day.

"If we see the necessity, viability and effectiveness of such a solution, then France will not avoid its international obligations as a member of the international community, a member of the UN Security Council," Poncins said.

He recalled that France has experience in conducting operations like this, for example - in Mali and other parts of the world.

Related: UN peacekeepers to be deployed in Donbas in case of Minsk, Normandy talks' fail

However, the ambassador believes that the introduction of peacekeepers does not always mean solving the problem of armed conflict in the region - the mission can be there for 20-30 years. As an example, he referred to the situation in Cyprus, where "blue helmets" have been for 45 years.

As we reported earlier, President of Belarus Oleksandr Lukashenko stated that Donbas conflict could not be settled without the participation of the U.S. He made such a statement during the meeting with Deputy U.S. State Secretary David Hale, as Sputnik reported.

“I am sure that it is impossible to settle the conflict without the participation of the U.S. The U.S. would be able to promote the settlement of the conflict,” the Belarus leader said.

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