President of Ukraine

President: UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas must exclude representatives of the country-aggressor

7 September 2017 - 14:20

President: UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas must exclude representatives of the country-aggressor

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Russia continues provocations, obstruction of the OSCE SMM activity, supply of mercenaries and weaponry to the Ukrainian territory.

“In such conditions, deployment of the Blue Helmets in the whole occupied territory of Donbas would become a real breakthrough in the process of peaceful settlement and a powerful factor of de-escalation. Certainly, this would create favorable conditions for the achievement of progress on the political track of peaceful settlement in Donbas,” the Head of State noted in the annual Address to the Verkhovna Rada.

According to the President, Ukraine started this discussion in March 2015 sending an address to the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council President as regards the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation on the Ukrainian territory. The Ukrainian party submitted respective draft resolution to its partners in the UN Security Council.

The Head of State noted that Russia had been rejecting such option until recently and the international partners of Ukraine hadn’t supported that actively. “Today, we achieved a very important result – we have a common position of our partners who support the Ukrainian initiative. We finally heard the reaction from the other side of the frontline. Although, we clearly realize that the devil is in the details. Certainly, Russia’s proposal to deploy the UN mission solely for the purpose of protecting the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission is at least strange. Moreover, it is the Russian militants that are the main threat to the security of the international observers,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The Head of State noted that the Ukrainian party is willing to hold a meaningful discussion with the UN Security Council and outlined several important elements.

First, Ukraine stands for the deployment of the full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission all over Donbas. “It must be aimed not at the conservation of Russian occupation and the legalization of Russian military presence, but at the maintenance of sustainable peace in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as full restoration of our country’s territorial integrity,” the President stressed.

Second, the future UN Mission must be deployed all over the occupied territory, including the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border. “Third, the Mission must meet the key principles of the UN peacekeeping operations, which excludes the participation of representatives of the country-aggressor or the party to the conflict. Fourth, no coordination of parameters of the future UN Mission with Russian militants,” Petro Poroshenko added.

Moreover, the work over the UN Mission cannot be a reason for the abolition of the existing international sanctions against Russia.

The President noted that it would be extremely difficult to agree on the parameters of the peacekeeping mission. He told that he would attend the UN General Assembly in New York in 1.5 weeks. “I am confident that we will establish peace, return all the occupied territories, restore Ukraine’s sovereignty jointly, especially with the assistance of Germany, France and USA,” the President concluded.


Address of the President to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

7 September 2017 - 11:08