Top UN political official calls for restraint and dialogue to de-escalate tensions

07 Dec 2013

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman concluded a three-day visit to Ukraine. While in Kyiv, Under-Secretary-General Feltman represented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. On behalf of the Secretary-General, he congratulated Ukraine on its successful Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2013.

The Under-Secretary-General also had the occasion to meet with representatives of Ukraine`s government and Parliament, political parties, and civil society organizations. In those discussions, he expressed the UN`s solid commitment to the people of Ukraine, an important member state of the organization.

Under-Secretary-General Feltman conveyed his grave concern regarding the current situation and underscored the message of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in rejecting violence and calling for absolute restraint. He urged Ukraine`s political and civil society leaders to engage immediately in dialogue to identify among themselves the means to address Ukraine`s political and economic issues. In that regard, he recommended that they seek peaceful ways on an urgent basis to de-escalate the current tensions.

Kiev/New York, 07 December 2013.