Ban Ki-moon expresses his willingness to increase UN presence in Donbas
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his willingness to increase the UN presence to de-escalate and stabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine, the Directorate General for Policy and Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has told an UNIAN correspondent.
"UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pledged full support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and expressed readiness to increase the UN presence to de-escalate and stabilize the situation in the east of Ukraine," the report says.
During a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in New York on Monday, the parties discussed a number of issues regarding the use of existing and creation of new mechanisms to attract the United Nations in resolving the eastern Ukrainian crisis.
The Minister briefed the Secretary General on the progress of the Normandy Four negotiations, the talks within the Tripartite Liaison Group, as well as on the current status of implementation of the Minsk agreements and the preparations for the local elections in accordance with international standards.
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