Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the plan put forward by the President Ukraine on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the eastern regions of his country: "President Poroshenko has our full support for his peace plan for Eastern Ukraine. It is an important step towards lasting peace and stability in Ukraine. What is essential now is that all sides refrain from violence and respect human rights and the rule of law. I therefore welcome the ceasefire announced by President Poroshenko. I hope this will enable the necessary negociations to take place as soon as possible" he said.