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UN chief demands release of OSCE military monitors, staff in Ukraine
29 April 2014 03:14

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28 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the detention of international military monitors and staff in Ukraine, and demanded that they be released “immediately, unconditionally and unharmed.”

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban underlined that those who continue unlawful acts will be held accountable for their actions.

According to media reports, the team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and a number of accompanying Ukrainian staff were captured on Friday while traveling across the eastern part of the country.

“International missions working in Ukraine must be allowed to perform their duties unimpeded,” the top UN official stressed.

Mr. Ban appealed to those with influence to assist in the urgent resolution of this matter, and urged all parties concerned to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.

“He also calls on them to find a way back to the spirit of compromise exhibited during the Geneva talks on 17 April,” the spokesperson said in reference to the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis held earlier this month with the backing of the United States and the European Union.

“A diplomatic and political solution to this crisis is imperative and long overdue,” he added.

 

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New York , 28 April 2014 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in Ukraine

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent capture and detention of OSCE military monitors as well as a number of accompanying Ukrainian staff. He urges those responsible for their abduction to release them immediately, unconditionally and unharmed. The Secretary-General underlines that those who continue unlawful acts will be held accountable for their actions. He appeals to all those with influence to assist in the urgent resolution of this matter.
The Secretary-General stresses that international missions working in Ukraine must be allowed to perform their duties unimpeded.
The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. He also calls on them to find a way back to the spirit of compromise exhibited during the Geneva talks on 17 April. A diplomatic and political solution to this crisis is imperative and long overdue

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