The Deputy Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Oleksandr Turchinov, acting President of Ukraine, who informed him in detail of the very serious developments taking place in the country.
The Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the crucial need for a diplomatic solution to the country's current crisis. He said that the United Nations' efforts in this regard are rooted in the UN Charter, in particular the principles of territorial integrity and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
The Deputy Secretary-General expressed appreciation for the authorities' measured response to unfolding events and took note of the high level of engagement by the international community to contribute to a peaceful, political solution.
He also commended Ukraine for its valuable contributions to United Nations peacekeeping.