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UN delegation to visit Crimea on Friday

March 21, 2014, 13:23 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
A meeting of UN officials with Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov is planned on Friday afternoon
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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic

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SIMFEROPOL, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. A delegation headed by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic will visit the Republic of Crimea on Friday, Crimea Inform news agency cited the press service of the republican Council of Ministers as saying.

The UN delegation will pay a visit at Crimea’s invitation.

“A meeting (of UN officials) with Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov is planned on Friday afternoon,” the press service said. Other details of the UN delegation’s visit agenda on the peninsula are not disclosed. The delegation of the global organization consists of several officials. Along with Simonovic, the delegation includes Chairman of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Committee for Ukraine Armen Arutyunyan.

On Wednesday, March 19, Simonovic stated at a meeting of the UN Security Council that the international organization had received an invitation from Crimean authorities to visit the city of Simferopol to assess human rights situation on the peninsula. Meanwhile, he recalled that during a visit to Ukraine he could not visit Crimea, because local authorities could not receive the UN mission.

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