New York\

17 April 2014

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ukraine

The Secretary-General welcomes the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine, held today in Geneva. He is encouraged that all parties were able to agree on a number of concrete and urgent steps aimed at de-escalating the situation and finding a peaceful resolution to this crisis. The Secretary-General has consistently underscored that constructive and results-oriented dialogue between all concerned will be the only way to achieve a peaceful solution.

The Secretary-General stresses that the situation in Ukraine remains extremely volatile. He expects all sides, moving forward, to show their serious intention to continue to engage, in a good-faith effort, and to implement the steps laid out in the Geneva Statement, which will contribute to a lasting solution to this crisis.