Friday, August 22, 2014

Adoption of UN Security Council Statement Calling for Ceasefire in Ukraine Delayed

UNITED NATIONS, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – The examination of the UN Security Council statement on Moscow's proposal for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid has been delayed, UK mission to the United Nations, which presides this month in the Security Council, told RIA Novosti.
"A number of delegations have made constructive comments and we are still waiting for a Russian response," the press service of the UK Permanent Mission to the UN reported.
A comment from the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN could not be obtained.

On Thirsday, Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow called on the UN Security Council to make a statement about the need of a ceasefire in Ukraine during the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said this week that it was awaiting a formal security guarantee for employees escorting the convoy of humanitarian aid. In return, the Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic Andrei Purgin guaranteed the security of the Red Cross staff.

Earlier today, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Lysenko said that the ceasefire is possible in eastern Ukraine, but it should be based on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan.

The ICRC has repeatedly stated that security guarantees were the absolute prerequisite for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Earlier this week, ICRC President Peter Maurer discussed the situation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and said that Russia and southeastern Ukraine independence supporters have fulfilled their duty concerning the safety of the humanitarian convoy, while "the Ukrainian side failed to provide the required guarantees for the convoy’s safe passage and subsequent aid distribution," according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement...........................


  1. The adoption by the UN Security Council of the Russian-sponsored draft statement on ceasefire in the east of Ukraine for the time of humanitarian aid delivery there has been delayed, the UK mission to the UN told ITAR-TASS on Thursday....

    Various amendments to the text were proposed, now the Russian side’s response to them is expected, said Iona Thomas, the head of press for the UK Mission, whose ambassador Mark Lyall Grant is president of the Security Council this month.

    The draft statement for the press submitted to the UN Security Council by Russia on Thursday, urges all the parties to fulfil agreements to ensure security of humanitarian convoys along the entire route and declare a ceasefire to this end. The document also calls for starting the distribution of humanitarian supplies without delay with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told ITAR-TASS earlier that the document was placed under the so-called “silence procedure” before 4pm, New York time. If no delegation voiced its remarks to the proposed text, it would have been adopted automatically.

    The Russian initiative at once was faced with the US resistance. Deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State Marie Harf said the US considered the UN Security Council involvement for securing the ceasefire regime in the east of Ukraine unnecessary. Harf said Kiev had already signalled its readiness for the humanitarian ceasefire regime, however, the problem was that the separatist militias in the south-east of Ukraine did not stop hostilities, she added.

  2. Le fait que les Etats-Unis ont bloqué le projet de résolution du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies sur l'octroi d'une aide à l'Ukraine ne laisse pas de doute que Washington est orienté sur la poursuite des hostilités en Ukraine, a déclaré le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères en commentant le blocage du projet de résolution russe sur l'octroi d'une aide humanitaire aux habitants du sud-est de l'Ukraine, informe ITAR-TASS.
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