Ukraine’s Ambassador in the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko handed credentials to Ban Ki-moon, press service of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported.
At the meeting, Yelchenko called for the UN’s more active role in settling the Donbas conflict. According to him, one of the possible forms of participation would be deploying the UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine. “We’re ready to discuss all details of such operation. We invite the UN Secretariat’s assessment mission to evaluate the situation there”, said the diplomat.
In Yelchenko’s words, another step in the UN-Ukraine cooperation would be opening the UN Support Office for Minsk Agreement Implementation. The authority could coordinate a number of essential humanitarian projects, such as clearing mines, given the UN’s great experience in this area.
The Ukrainian diplomat also made some remarks on Ukraine’s agenda in the UN Security Council. As is known, the country was elected as the Council’s non-permanent member in 2016-2017. Yelchenko said that one of Ukraine’s priorities will be strict compliance with the UN Charter, above all the provisions regarding respect for territorial integrity and political independence of states. Besides, he said Ukraine will pay attention to matters of peace and security in Africa and the Middle East, counter-terrorism, protection of civilians in armed conflicts, and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Earlier, Yelchenko said Ukraine during its membership the UN Security Council will raise question of bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas. Later, he added that deploying a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas is very expensive, not to mention that Russia will most likely veto the respective document in the UN Security Council.