Ukrainian Foreign Minister and the UN Secretary-General discussed the possibility of a peacekeeping mission in the country’s eastern region

On February 20, at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Secretary-General spoke by telephone with Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine

Shown here is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who will address the NATO Summit Wales 2014 hosted by the United Kingdom on September 4-5
Pictured is Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, whom Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, praised for his leadership. | Photo: BR-Archive

According to remarks made by Ban Ki-moon, he “commended the leadership displayed by President Poroshenko in efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.”

At the same time, the UN Secretary-General also voiced his concern at the still dangerous situation on the ground Ban Ki-moon also expressed hope that the cease-fire agreed to on February 12 in Minsk would firmly take hold across the region.

Concerning the possibility of a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary-General informed the Foreign Minister of Ukraine that the United Nations would stand guided by any decision the Security Council would make on this issue.

The Secretary-General and Foreign Minister of Ukraine Klimkin agreed to continue their discussion on matters of mutual concern.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of “Baltic Review” based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body’s work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.