UNITED NATIONS, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. On the eve of the referendum on self-determination in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon called on all the sides to refrain from hasty decisions and/or provocations
The tensions and emotions over the forthcoming Crimean referendum have surged, and now any hasty measures and decisions are out of place, since they might affect the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, he told reporters in New York.
Ban said the situation in Ukraine had brought the international community to the crossroads and there was a risk of the developments escalation to a grave level. In the wake of it, he urged all the parties to the conflict to stay away from provocative or miscalculated steps in the few day to come, adding that the road to a peace settlement of the situation was still open
The Kremlin press service said in the meantime Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the situation in Ukraine earlier in day. Specifically, they looked at it with account of the March 16 referendum, with Putin saying the decision to hold it fully complied with international law norms and the UN Charter.
Putin and Ban Ki-moon also agreed on further contacts.
March 6, the Supreme Soviet of Crimea took a decision of principle on the Autonomous Republic’s inclusion in the Russian Federation as a constituent territory. The ballots that the Crimeans will be supposed to fill out at the polling stations this Sunday contain two questions: 1) Do you stand for Crimea’s reunification with Russia as a constituent territory and 2) Do you stand for restoration of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and for its status as a part of Ukraine?
Results of an opinion poll taken earlier this week suggested that 83% residents of Crimea were ready to vote in favor of joining Russia.