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Poroshenko asks UN to send peacekeepers to Donbas again

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Helen Clark, UN Deputy Secretary General and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, who is in Ukraine on an official visit.

Poroshenko asks UN to send peacekeepers to Donbas again

President Poroshenko and Helen Clark discussed a wide range of issues, among which the most important were the situation in the Donbas and the possibility of involvement of UN peacekeepers to resolve the situation in the region. The President stressed on the need to intensify efforts to send the peacekeepers under UN auspices to de-escalate the situation in the Donbas, and expressed the hope that the UN Security Council and the General Assembly of the organization would adopt a mandate, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Presidential Administration.

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Helen Clark, in turn, noted the special role of Ukraine in many peacekeeping missions and its significant contribution to the peace processes in different parts of the world.

The two sides also discussed further implementation of the reforms in Ukraine and constitutional dialogue within the country. Speaking of constitutional reform, which is primarily aimed at decentralization, President noted that "Ukraine is trying to use the best international practices in this area, in particular the experience of Poland, and is counting on participation of the United Nations Development Programme in support of decentralization reform and introduction of constitutional changes."

The parties agreed that the United Nations Development Programme would be involved in the process of constitutional changes in Ukraine and would promote constitutional dialogue.

Helen Clark expressed the hope that despite the aggression in the East and the annexation of Crimea, the path of reform Ukraine was following would be continued. She noted the readiness of the UN Development Programme to fully support reforms in Ukraine, in particular, she drew President's attention to the programs of energy efficiency, energy saving, anti-corruption, decentralization and constitutional dialogue, adaptation of internally displaced persons.

President thanked Helen Clark for the revision of the UN Humanitarian Response on the situation in the Donbas, which had been increased from 189 to 316 million dollars, while the number of those who will receive the assistance had grown from 900,000 to 3.2 million people.