Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement between President, Opposition Leaders in Ukraine on Process for Settling National Crisis

21 February 2014
SG/SM/15659

Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement between President, Opposition Leaders in Ukraine on Process for Settling National Crisis

21 February 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15659
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement between President, Opposition Leaders

 

in Ukraine on Process for Settling National Crisis

 

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

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the agreement reached between President [Viktor] Yanukovych and opposition leaders on a process for the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.  He has called President Yanukovych today to personally welcome this important step forward.  The Secretary-General stressed that it will be critical to ensure the swift implementation of the agreement in order to de-escalate the situation in the country and initiate a peaceful solution to the crisis.  The Secretary-General commends the spirit of compromise, as well as the collaborative international approach to finding a resolution to the crisis.

The Secretary-General also welcomes the signing into law of the resolution passed by Parliament yesterday, which has resulted in the start of a pullback by police from the centre of Kyiv.  He reiterates his appeal for no violence and for dialogue to remain the primary channel for addressing the numerous grievances that have surfaced.

The Secretary-General hopes that these developments and subsequent constructive efforts of key actors and parties will lead to a definitive end to the crisis in Ukraine and open the way for the country to embark on a genuine process of reform.

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