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UN Secretary-General commended Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on calling for an inclusive political process

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[notice noticeType=”approved” ]Pictured here is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the right with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine in Kiev. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe[/notice]

On March 22, it was reported at UN Headquarters in New York that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would be meeting Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and the broader region

Secretary-General paid his respects at a makeshift memorial for all the victims of the recent violence in Kiev.

Shown here is the UN Secretary-General visiting a makeshift memorial site in Kiev. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

While in Ukraine, Secretary-General paid his respects at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the recent violence in Kiev, and met with officials of the Ukrainian Government.

During his visit, the UN Secretary-General commended the Prime Minister for his recent speech where he called for an inclusive political process in Ukraine.

The UN Secretary-General also reiterated his message that “only a diplomatic solution, based on the ideals of the UN Charter “ would solve the current crisis between Ukraine and Russia. Ban Ki-moon also met with Oleksandr Turchynot, Acting President of Ukraine. 

Secretary-General meets with Acting President of Ukraine.

Here we see the UN Secretary-General meeting with Oleksandr Turchynot, Acting President of Ukraine. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

The UN Secretary General stated in his discussion with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk that a direct dialogue between Kiev and Moscow is critical to reducing the current tension. He also held talks with Voldymyr Zemane, Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

Secretary-General meeting Minister of Defense.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is shown with Voldymyr Zemane, Minister of Defense of Ukraine. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Prior to visiting Kiev, the UN Secretary-General went to Moscow where he met with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials.

During his travels, the UN Secretary-General called on all parties to refrain from any hasty or provocative actions that could further exacerbate a very tense and volatile situation. Inflammatory rhetoric can lead to further tensions and possible miscalculations,” he added.

According to the UN Secretary-General, “this current crisis can only be resolved through peaceful, diplomatic solutions based on the principles of the United Nations Charter, including respect for the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and a determined statesmanlike pursuit of peace and security.”

Shown here is Russian President Vladimir Putin on the right with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

Shown here is Russian President Vladimir Putin on the right with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

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.

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