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Ukraine’s presidential candidate suggests being intermediary in settling southeast crisis

April 20, 2014, 7:38 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, April 20, 6:53 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s presidential candidate Oleg Tsaryov on Saturday sent a letter to Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying he was ready to take on a diplomatic mission of establishing a broad dialogue between the central authorities in Kiev and Ukraine’s southeastern regions, represent the interests of its people in a nationwide discussion and in the international arena, including the forthcoming consultations of participants in the four-party Geneva conference.

The document has been published on Tsaryov’s official website.

“I am ready to be personally responsible for their outcome to the people who have assigned me with this mission. Following the principle of adherence to democratic norms and procedures, I insist that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) take part in the settlement in compliance with the Geneva agreements,” Tsaryov wrote in his letters.

Tsaryov also gave a positive assessment to the April 17 Geneva meeting of representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States.

“I would like to call your attention to the fact that in view of the ongoing tensions and total mistrust of the residents of Ukraine’s southeastern regions of the promises given by the interim government in Kiev, the authorities should demonstrate that they are really ready to implement the agreements reached by meeting the following conditions: to release and grant amnesty to all political prisoners, stop prosecution of the activists of protest movements and drop all criminal cases against them; end the military operation and draw back the troops of the Ukrainian Defence and Interior Ministries to places of their permanent dislocation,” Tsaryov said.

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