Ban calls for UN, OSCE monitors in Ukraine

20th March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for UN and OSCE rights monitors to deploy in Ukraine and urged an "honest and constructive dialogue" between Moscow and Kiev after talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

The UN chief said they discussed "legitimate concerns that Russia and President Putin has, particularly in terms of human rights protection and of those Russian-speaking people and Russian minorities."

"The best way would be to deploy UN and OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) human rights monitors," he said.

"The best way to address concerns for the respect of human rights is for all the authorities to support and welcome the UN human rights monitors in order for us to give an objective assessment," he added.

Ban said monitors were starting to deploy in Russian-speaking areas of eastern and southeastern Ukraine.

Putin has faced international condemnation over his role in the Ukraine crisis.

On Tuesday, he signed a hugely controversial treaty with Crimean leaders making Ukraine's Russian-speaking peninsula part of Russia despite sanctions introduced by the West.

"The most important way is for Russia and Ukraine to sit down together and engage in direct and constructive dialogue," said Ban.

"We must employ every possible diplomatic tool at our disposal to solve this crisis which has great political and economic ramifications."

© 2014 AFP

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