Belarus offers to deploy its peacekeepers in Donbas
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei says that Belarus is ready to deploy a peacekeeping contingent in Donbas, according to an UNIAN correspondent, reporting from the official's joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held in Moscow on November 15.
"If necessary, we are ready to deploy the appropriate peacekeeping contingent. That's if it is acceptable to all interested parties, and in order to participate in performing peacekeeping tasks," Makei said.
The official says Belarus is interested in establishing "peace, stability, and tranquility" in the east of Ukraine as soon as possible.
He also recalled that back in October 2014, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko spoke of his readiness to send peacekeepers to Donbas.
Moreover, Makei stressed that Belarus was ready to continue to provide a venue for meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas settlement in Minsk.
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Belarus was one of the few European countries whose delegation on Tuesday voted against the UN Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine.
UNIAN memo. On September 20, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the UN Security Council on the deployment in Donbas of a peacekeeping mission. Speaking at the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, he stressed that the UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed throughout the entire occupied Donbas, including the border with Russia.
In turn, the Russian Federation declares that a full-fledged peacekeeping operation in the occupied Donbas is unacceptable from the perspective of Minsk agreements, and insists that UN peacekeepers should be deployed only along the line of demarcation in Donbas to ensure the safety of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's observers.
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