New York

31 March 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Ukraine

The Secretary-General welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Trilateral Contact Group of a new agreement on ensuring the full adherence to the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April. 

The fate of the civilian population remains of great concern. The Secretary-General urges all parties to fully abide by their renewed commitment. He hopes that this will enable further progress in the security, humanitarian, political and economic fields. He further urges the parties to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
The Secretary-General reiterates the UN’s full support for the efforts of the OSCE, the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy Four, and calls on all concerned to intensify their diplomatic efforts in this context. 

Farhan Haq
New York, 31 March 2017