Ban and Russian Foreign Minister discuss need to de-escalate situation in Ukraine Watch
3 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine during a meeting in Geneva today, while deputy United Nations chief Jan Eliasson arrived in Kiev to meet with authorities there.
Mr. Ban and Mr. Lavrov discussed the importance of de-escalating the situation by engaging in constructive and meaningful dialogue, according to a readout provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.
The meeting, which took place on the margins of the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council, comes amid growing tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have reportedly been deployed.I have repeatedly emphasized that it is critical to ensure full respect for – and the preservation of – Ukraine’s independence, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is now of utmost importance to restore calm, to de-escalate tensions immediately through a dialogue.
It also follows an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Saturday during which Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN called on the 15-member body to do everything possible to prevent military intervention by Russia. Yuriy Sergeyev stressed that recent events posed a serious threat to his country’s integrity and to peace and stability in the region.
It was following that meeting that Mr. Ban dispatched Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson to Kiev to get an understanding of the situation on the ground and meet with Ukrainian authorities.
“I have repeatedly emphasized that it is critical to ensure full respect for – and the preservation of – Ukraine’s independence, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is now of utmost importance to restore calm, to de-escalate tensions immediately through a dialogue,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in Geneva.
The Secretary-General recalled that, in a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, he had urged the Russian leader to address the situation by “engaging constructively” with Ukraine’s authorities.
It is important, he added, that both sides should “lower the temperature,” refrain from rhetoric and engage in dialogue.
I urge all representatives in the MUN to have their say on the current Ukraine situation particularly Security Council members.
It is not in our economic interests for this crisis to continue destablising markets, we demand a quick solution.
OOC: Stop whining, just because your puppet was kicked out.
OOC: A wild Cold War appears!
** Germany is it the mercy of Russia as we are totally reliant on Gazprom from our gas, thus it could destabilize our current energy secuirty
OOC: Sorry been busy this week.
Israel stands behind its NATO allies in warning Russia, there is a red line it must not cross!
The United Kingdom hopes that the UN can oversee a peaceful solution to the crisis. We have previously expressed our discontent at the Russian occupation of sovereign Ukrainian territory. The era of Empire is long gone, and the UK as a former colonial power will be the first to protect the inherent right to self-determination of all nations.
India, though in support of sanctions, would like to point out that the Crimea has only been officially part of an independent Ukraine for 23 years. Before that, it was, though part of the Ukraine, which itself was under the domineering hand of the Soviet Union/Russians. Additionally, the Crimea was presented by former Soviet Premier Khrushchev to Ukraine as a gift from Russia. Before that, it had been in Russian hands. Considering that, at the time, the Union was not in a state of calamity, it would appear that this was, technically, a meaningless gesture. In light of this, India feels the need to warn its fellow representatives of the historical nature of the Crimea. Nevertheless, we deplore the invasion and hope that the necessary sanctions will be put in place to punish the Russians.