Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, has presented his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, January 4, 2016, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.
During the meeting Yelchenko supported more active role of the UN in countering Russian aggression against Ukraine. He said that one of the ways the UN could contribute to the de-escalation of the situation in Donbas would be deployment of a peacekeeping mission there.
“We are ready to discuss the mandate and other aspects of such operations. We invite the assessment mission of the UN Secretariat to visit Ukraine to study the situation on the ground”, – said the envoy.
The establishment of the UN mission in support of the implementation of the Minsk agreements in Ukraine could be another possible area for cooperation, Yelchenko said. In his words, this mission could be engaged in coordination of a land mine clearance operation in the east of Ukraine due to the UN’s huge experience in that area.
The parties also discussed the Ukrainian agenda in the UN Security Council.
Yelchenko mentioned that one of Ukraine’s priorities would be to promote consistent adherence to the UN Charter, in particular to the respect for territorial integrity and political independence of states. Moreover, he stressed that Ukraine would pay special attention to peace and security in Africa and the Middle East, counterterrorism, protection of civilians in armed conflicts, and nuclear non-proliferation.