Ban and Russian Foreign Minister discuss need to de-escalate situation in Ukraine Watch

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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.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.as...=#.UxSqZvl_uWA

I urge all representatives in the MUN to have their say on the current Ukraine situation particularly Security Council members.

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The DPRK congratulates our esteemed Russian allies in taking the first step of the invasion of Europe; we stand behind our comrades all the way!
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The US abhors this move by the Russians and insists that they remove themselves immediately.
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Mexico considers the response from the west to be extremely weak. Russian expansion must not be allowed and we will support measures to limit further expansion including the deployment of NATO.

It is not in our economic interests for this crisis to continue destablising markets, we demand a quick solution.
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Botswana feels Russia's 'Defense' troops are further destabilizing Ukraine and possibly the region, and the complicates talks.

OOC: Stop whining, just because your puppet was kicked out.
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China applauds Russia for this noble move in responding to the wishes of the Crimean local Government and what is right instead of lying down to Western oppression.

OOC: A wild Cold War appears!
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Germany does not want to get directly involved with the current rhetoric of the debate, however do we condemn the actions of the 'unmarked' troops which have invaded the Crimean Peninsular.

** 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
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We have every right to protect the Russian people who live in Ukraine, and while we do not wish to go to war with Ukraine we have received a plea from the legitimate Ukrainien president for us to help Ukraine and protect the people of Ukraine against these neo-nazi fascists. We will only use violence if our people come under threat from persecution, if this happens we may see a need to annex areas (see whole) of Ukraine to protect our people.

Banking on the cowardly west just sitting there and not intervening,they'll just talk a lot. Blah blah blah we'll throw you out of G8. Like Russia cares about the G8

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Greece is very concerned by what is going on in Ukraine as it is not very far from our doorstep. Greece believes that both sides should think about potential outcomes of any decision, and work on the best exit strategy. Our handling of our own personal situations reveal that nobody needs to intervene in anybody else's crisis and that we can deal with it ourselves and in our own way. We request that the US and Russia work towards a situation which brings the most benefit to the Ukrainian people, that doesn't focus on any 3rd party being the biggest beneficiary from this tense situation.
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Israel calls for Russia to respect the national borders of the Ukraine. It comes with great concern that Russia only a few months ago got involved in Syria, hampering with Israels national security and now to begin invading nations.

Israel stands behind its NATO allies in warning Russia, there is a red line it must not cross!
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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.
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The State of Qatar deplores the escalation of violence but reiterates its support for Self Determination.
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Japan condemns any and all military action used within the region. We hope the situation can be diffused with as much responsibility and care on both sides as possible.
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Madagascar welcomes the referendum, and hopes that the results of this can be respected and that there will be no further violence in the region. The people have spoken up for what they want, and Madagascar feels that other nations should respect this.
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New Zealand is outraged over the invasion of the Crimea and calls for a punishment through sanctions that is befitting of the crime that Russia has committed.

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.
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Russia is plainly and without reverence for the territorial integrity of the Ukraine. France fully back the use of sanctions for this clear violation of international law. We will not recognize the annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation and urge other states to do the same.
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Given recent events, Greece calls for the government of Ukraine and for the protestors not to aggravate the situation even further, and any steps to deescalate tensions will be welcomed most graciously now. Greece also reiterates her earlier advice to both Russia and the USA in particular, as well as NATO/EU countries, that the Ukrainian people are the ones with the most to lose here, and the interest should be in the people of Ukraine returning to peace, and not the gains for any 3rd party.
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The Kingdom of Spain calls for harsher sanctions and for a new legal referendum to be held in Crimea as well as for a DMZ to be set up at once.
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the republic of the philippines urge the russian government to heed the advice given by the US, UK and French government regarding its most unlawfull move with its invasion of crimea
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Botswana shares deep concern about the instability developing in Eastern Ukraine and would like to ask both parties, Ukraine and Russia, to act sensibly and see what the majority of the people want, not Russian paid thugs.
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