Poroshenko, UN Secretary General discuss deploying peacekeepers

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s President also called on the UN to join the process of freeing hostages
13:09, 22 September 2017

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On the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the presidential press service reported.

The interlocutors discussed in detail the issue of active involvement of the UN in the settlement of the situation in Donbas, in particular the prospects for deployment of a full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.

Poroshenko stressed that only a full-fledged peacekeeping mission with a comprehensive mandate can contribute to the achievement of the main goal - the restoration of peace in Donbas.

The interlocutors stated that mission deployment should take place with a clear observance of the UN basic peacekeeping principles.

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In the context of the implementation of UN General Assembly resolution on human rights situation in the Crimea, the President of Ukraine noted the need for the international community to take additional measures to force Russia to implement this document. In particular, the Russian Federation should ensure safe and unhindered access to the peninsula to existing regional and international monitoring organizations on human rights.

Poroshenko thanked the United Nations for providing humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons, as well as to the affected civilian population of Donbas. The head of the Ukrainian state called on the UN to join the process of freeing hostages.

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The interlocutors discussed issues of strengthening the personnel representation of Ukraine in the structures of the UN system.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s President held speech at the General Assembly session on Wednesday. 

Later Poroshenko, at a meeting with his American counterpart Donald Trump, said he hoped for US support, including in the issue of the introduction of UN peacekeepers in Donbas. Poroshenko thanked Trump for the meeting, noting the importance of US support in the "difficult time for Ukraine."

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