Ukraine’s Ambassador to UN to seek deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas
Having assumed the duties of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from January 1, 2016, Ukraine will seek possible deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas, the country’s newly appointed Permanent Representative to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, has said in an interview with the Apostrophe online newspaper.
"We have a definite plan of action, and we know what we will do firsthand. In any way, it will be related to the situation in Donbas; namely, in the context of the possible deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine. As you, know Russia has blocked the initiative so far. But we will try to find ways to resolve this issue," he said.
Yelchenko noted that the negotiation process on this issue has not yet begun within the UN.
"As the UN practice shows, it takes months from the beginning of the negotiations to the deployment of the mission. So this will be a long process. First we need to at least start the negotiation process on this issue within the UN framework," said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.
Also, the diplomat mentioned that, besides Russia, there are other states that show no support for such initiative.
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