Thursday, 30 October 2014

UN in your language

Ban: there must be no resort to violence in Ukrainian protests

Picture: Flickr / Oxlaey/  Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

With hundreds of thousands of protestors reportedly rallying anew in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, General Ban Ki-moon has appealed directly to President Victor Yanukovich for peaceful dialogue to defuse ongoing political tensions in the country.

In a telephone call with the President, Mr. Ban expressed his grave concern and emphasised that there must be no resort to violence.

Angry crowds that brandished the flag of the nationalist Freedom Party toppled the statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin, police said, protesting the country's strengthening ties with Moscow.
Demonstrators hope to force President Viktor Yanukovich to resign after he, on 21 November, refused to sign a historic trade pact with European Union leaders under pressure from Russia.

Following the protests that followed, Mr. Ban appealed to all parties to act with restraint, avoid any further violence and to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

In his call, the top UN official also congratulated Mr. Yanukovich on a successful chairmanship during this year of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship and of the ministerial meeting held on 5 and 6 December in Kyiv.

Ukraine is seeking cheaper gas imports and possibly credits from Russia to stave off a looming balance of payments crisis, as the country is faced with $17bn in gas bills and debt repayments next year. Those bills are about equal to the the heavily-depleted reserves now held by Ukraine's central bank.

Russia has pressured Ukraine to join a trade bloc, which also includes former Societ states Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Protesters have denounced attempts to bring Ukraine back into Moscow's orbit and contend Yanukovich aims to sell out Ukraine to Russia. The demonstrations are the largest since the 2004-05 Orange Revolution.

With the first snowfall of winter, protesters on Independence Square have been digging in with tents and supplies of food and clothing.

 

 


externallinks-icon120x120 MDG Report 2014

MDG-2014-English-web-cover

Social Media

facebook32x32 Dblue twitter32x32 Dblue vimeo32x32 Dblue Issuu dark blue 32
UNRIC Social Media

 

infoPoint32x32 Dblue Latest Products:

 Backgrounder on Ebola
 Library Newsletter - October 2014
(new websites, information material, videos and publications)

 UNRIC Newsletter

pdfIcon tiny  UNRIC Partnerships - Ed. No3, Fall 2014

externallinks-icon120x120External link (non-UN):

whatsinblue

When the Security Council approaches the final stage of negotiation of a draft resolution the text is printed in blue... What's in Blue helps interested UN readers keep up with what might soon be "in blue".

externallinks-icon120x120External link (non-UN):

securitycouncilreport