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Ukrainian ambassador to UN claims Kiev fulfills Geneva agreements

April 30, 2014, 15:45 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

“Draft amnesty for the participants in riots in the east of the country has been prepared,” Yuriy Sergeyev said

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Ukrainian military servicemen in the east of Ukraine

Ukrainian military servicemen in the east of Ukraine

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UNITED NATIONS, April 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev on Tuesday made a statement saying that the Kiev authorities were already fulfilling the agreements reached at the April 17 meeting in Geneva. He said at a meeting of the UN Security Council that the Ukrainian government “has taken the necessary practical steps in this direction”.

According to Sergeyev, “already a week later, the government suspended the active phase of the antiterrorist operation, the main aim of which was to restore law and order and protect the civilian population”. “The Ukrainian government also initiated the constitutional reform and approved a draft reform of local administrations that is aimed at the decentralization of power in the country,” he said.

“Draft amnesty for the participants in riots in the east of the country has been prepared,” Sergeyev said. “Amnesty will be granted to the protesters who lay down arms and vacate illegally seized buildings.”

Churkin: Geneva accords not fulfilled

The Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, however, expressed an opposite view at the Security Council meeting. “Nothing has been done by the authorities in Kiev for the implementation of the Geneva document,” he stressed. “Our Western colleagues, first of all American who have an unprecedented influence on the current Kiev [authorities] have either failed or did not want to persuade Kiev to fulfill its obligations under the Geneva declaration.”

“Neither the Right Sector that is marching under Nazi banners nor other radical organizations are laying down arms,” said the diplomat. “On the contrary, they have begun to legalize these groups, forming from them Dnepr, Slobozhanshchina and Donbass paramilitary battalions,” he said.

According to Churkin, in violation of the Geneva agreements, Independence Square in the centre of Kiev where concrete obstacles are installed and buildings in the city are still occupied. “Nobody is vacating anything in Kiev, and Washington officials state complacently that the buildings ‘are legally rented,’” the Russian ambassador said.

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