Experts are to discuss draft UN Security resolution on Ukraine on Friday


The expert group will meet on Friday to discuss the Russian draft of UN Security Council resolution to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine, stated Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s permanent representative at the world organization, the current chairman of the Security Council.

“Five or six colleagues spoke, making initial comments. Some colleagues supported the project, others have come out with various proposals “, Churkin said after introducing a draft resolution in the UN Security Council.

As a source in the UN Security Council told RIA Novosti, during today’s meeting Western colleagues offered Churkin to include into draft the provision on the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

He spoke specifically of projectiles with white phosphorus used by the Ukrainian army.

“We think that the international community should pay attention to the use by Ukraine of prohibited ammunition in combat. This happened before too, and we are very much concerned about this,” he said on Thursday, June 12, as ITAR-TASS reports.

“We agreed to have a meeting at the level of experts tomorrow in order to complete this work as soon as possible,” the diplomat said.

“The draft resolution will aim to stop the violence and support the political efforts the OSCE has been undertaking in vain so far. We urge the U.N. Secretary-General to support them,” Churkin said.

He stressed that the adoption of the resolution would demonstrate the UN Security Council’s support for the crisis settlement efforts in Ukraine. “This is very important for us because the situation in deteriorating,” the diplomat said.

The draft UN resolution on Ukraine proposed by Russia condemns attacks on residential quarters and civilian facilities in the east of the country and expresses deep concern over the use of prohibited ammunition, including incendiary bombs, during the army operation.

The document urges all sides to refrain from actions that threaten the life and security of people and civilian infrastructure. It also calls for an immediate stop of all violence and for lasting ceasefire.

The document will be officially circulated among the UN Security Council members immediately after the closed-door meeting on Iraq which is underway now.


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