UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

At UN Headquarters in New York, it was announced on the morning of March 19 that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart from UN Headquarters in New York during the afternoon for a visit which will take him to the Russian Federation and to Ukraine as part of his diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to resolve the current Crimean crisis peacefully

The Secretary-General has consistently called for a solution that is guided by the principles of the United Nations Charter.

His first stop will be Moscow, where tomorrow, March 20, he will meet with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials.

The UN Secretary-General will travel on Friday, March 21, to Kiev, Ukraine where he will hold talks with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other officials While in the Ukrainian capital, he will also meet with members of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission and representatives of civil society.

Shown here is Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Prime Minister of Ukraine, who will meet with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Kiev, Ukraine on March 21, together with the Acting President of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, and other officials. UN Photo/Paulo Figueiras