12 April 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Deeply Concerned over Deteriorating Situation in Ukraine, Secretary-General

Appeals for Maximum Restraint, Dialogue


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine and the growing potential for violent clashes.

The Secretary-General stresses that further disturbances will not serve the interests of any side.  He therefore appeals to all sides to work towards calming the situation, adhere to the rule of law and exercise maximum restraint.  He calls again for urgent and constructive dialogue to de-escalate the situation and address all differences.

The United Nations stands ready to continue to support a peaceful resolution to the current crisis facing Ukraine.

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