New York

28 April 2014

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in Ukraine

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent capture and detention of OSCE military monitors as well as a number of accompanying Ukrainian staff. He urges those responsible for their abduction to release them immediately, unconditionally and unharmed. The Secretary-General underlines that those who continue unlawful acts will be held accountable for their actions. He appeals to all those with influence to assist in the urgent resolution of this matter.
The Secretary-General stresses that international missions working in Ukraine must be allowed to perform their duties unimpeded.
The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. He also calls on them to find a way back to the spirit of compromise exhibited during the Geneva talks on 17 April. A diplomatic and political solution to this crisis is imperative and long overdue