In the statement, made by the Poroshenko’s press service on Saturday, the General Secretary, during his telephone conversation with the head of the Ukrainian state, “expressed support for the initiative,” and also “stressed the importance of such an element of the peace plan, as the establishment of a 10-kilometer buffer zone on the Ukrainian-Russian border.”
“Unfortunately, Kiev authorities have a habit to represent the position of the international community, the UN position in a favorable light for them” said Churkin. “I would be very surprised if it turns out that the Secretary General mentioned this buffer zone, which was announced by the President Poroshenko. At least, because it is unclear what it means,” continued the diplomat.
He recalled that a few months ago the Ukrainian authorities misquoted UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry, who visited Kiev. “So, it’s not a good practice – these attempts to modify the position of the United Nations for it to be more suitable for Kiev authorities”, said Churkin.
The official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dyuzharrik on Monday did not comment on the statement, published on the official website of the President of Ukraine. Instead he urged to «follow the words of the Secretary General, that was provided by his official representative”. In the press release, distributed by the United Nations a few hours after the similar statement of the Ukrainian side, it was said that Ban Ki-moon “praised President Poroshenko peace plan.”