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MUNICH, February 01, 17:46 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian acting Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara has met U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss measures to stabilise the situation in the country, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service reported on Saturday.
“Leonid Kozhara told the U.N. Secretary-General about the latest steps taken by President Viktor Yanukovich in order to stabilise the situation in Ukraine.” “Ban Ki-moon gave a high assessment to the president’s actions to settle the political crisis. Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance to normalise the situation,” the ministry said.
During the meeting, Kozhara and Ban Ki-moon also discussed the results of the recent visit to Ukraine by U.N. Special Envoy Robert Serry, the ministry said.
The Ukrainian minister also met Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak. During the meeting, Kozhara said the Ukrainian leadership was ready to continue the dialogue with the opposition in order to settle the internal crisis. “Leonid Kozhara informed on the latest steps taken by the Ukrainian government in order to stabilise the situation. The Ukrainian leaders confirmed that they intended to continue a close dialogue with the opposition in order to achieve the goal,” the ministry said.
“The parties confirmed the importance to settle the political crisis in Ukraine by talks and stressed the need to implement the earlier reached agreements. They noted that extremism was inadmissible in any forms,” the ministry said.
Kozhara conferred with OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier. They agreed to jointly work to promote the OSCE agenda, the ministry said.
It added that the Ukrainian minister is expected to meet Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.