Klimkin: Ukraine begins formal talks on UN, EU peacekeeping mission to Ukraine
Ukraine has started formal talks on inviting a UN peacekeeping mission to the country, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said at a joint press conference on Thursday with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.
Klimkin said that recently he had held intensive informal consultations with key stakeholders regarding the expediency of a peacekeeping mission, its mandate and composition.
"Official discussions of this issue started only today - after yesterday's decision of the National Security and Defense Council with the appropriate appeal to the UN and the EU" Klimkin said.
He said Ukraine was committed to the "complete and immediate implementation" of the Minsk agreements, and peacekeepers are required to ensure the implementation of these agreements.
"After preliminary consultations with the Security Council, the UN secretary general should send a preliminary mission to Ukraine. The results of this mission will be the basis for further discussions in the Security Council and, therefore, for decision making. Once a decision is made, the composition of the mission will be determined, along with relevant logistical support," Klimkin said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 18, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to ask the UN and the EU for the deployment of a peacekeeping contingent in Ukraine. The peacekeepers are planned to be deployed along the demarcation line in the Donbas and uncontrolled areas of Ukraine’s state border with Russia.