UN Security Council holds new talks on Ukraine
Friday, March 07, 2014
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council held a new round of closed-door talks on the situation in Ukraine on Thursday, the fourth such meeting in a week.
The 15-member council discussed the mission of U.N. special envoy, Robert Serry to Crimea who had to end his mission and fly out of the region after he was stopped by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday.
Commenting on the announcement that pro-Russians demanded a referendum that would make Crimea part of Russia, British envoy Sir Mark Lyall Grant said the decision was illegal under article 73 of the Ukrainian Constitution and it would be destabilizing.
U.S. envoy Samantha Power said her country condemns the attack on UN envoy Serry in Crimea and pointed out that sending international monitors to Crimean peninsula is a critical task.
"There is a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interest of the Russian Federation as well as the Ukrainian people. Let the international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea, to insure the rights of all Ukrainians have been respected, including ethnic Russians. Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine with the participation of the international community," said US envoy Power.
The host Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini of Italy called on Libyan authorities to actualize coherent efforts, adding international community has supported them.
Libya is not alone during a long, hard and sometimes slow democratic transition process and international partners are ready to help, said Mogherini during a press conference on Thursday.
Unrest broke out in the country last November after the Ukranian Government`s decision not to sign an agreement on integration with the European Union.
Violent demonstrations took place Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, in recent weeks, which ended with the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Tensions in the Crimea region have increased as Russian troops and armored vehicles have reportedly flood the region.
Crimean parliament declared on Thursday they wanted to join Russia and said a referendum will be held in order to decide.
The new Ukrainian government has declared the planned vote illegal.
“This is an illegitimate decision and this so-called referendum has no legal grounds at all. That’s the reason why we urge the Russian government not to support those who support separatism in Ukraine,” interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said during a press conference.
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