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UN will promote dialogue for a peaceful and joint resolution of Crimea crisis.

NEW YORK (CyHAN)- Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, as well as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Eaimonoviyc, who has just returned from Ukraine, briefed the Security Council regarding the situation in the country.

Eliasson stressed that "the Russian Federation and Ukraine remain neighbours, with close, often complex, historic, cultural, economic and political ties. It is our view that it is in the interest of all of us that these two nations have positive ties, with each other and with the broader region."

He also said "our primary diplomatic tool is constructive dialogue on the basis of the chapter in the Charter on pacific settlement of disputes", adding that "the UN will continue to play its role of promoting dialogue for a peaceful and joint resolution of this crisis, which now has become more serious than ever."

Ivan Eaimonoviyc, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, recalled that during his recent visit to Ukraine he urged all authorities he met "encountered to ensure inclusivity in governance and while ensuring freedom of expression to curve hate speech."

He stressed that "Ukraine is a multiethnic, multi-linguistic and multicultural country. Nationalistic rhetoric and politics will be counterproductive and will further deepen the internal diving lives within society."

The Ukrainian ambassador Yuri Sergeyev told the Security Council that "the declaration of independence by the Crimean Republic is a direct consequence of the application of the use of force and threats against Ukraine by the Russian Federation and in view of Russia's nuclear power status has a particularly dangerous character for Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity as well as international peace and security in general."

In reference to the Crimean independence, the Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that "all these years the citizens and many activist in Crimea have repeatedly raised this issue, stating that Crimea is Russian land and Sevastopol is Russian city. It is only now that the will and freely expressed choice of the Crimean people have been fulfilled."

The United States ambassador Samantha Power underlined that Russia has decided to rewrite its borders, but --she said- "it cannot rewrite the facts".

She added "the United States rejects Russia's military intervention and land-grab in Crimea. These actions again violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Russia's own binding agreements, International law, the expressed will of most members or this Council and the letter and inspirit of the United Nations Charter."

Earlier today, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon departed New York for a visit to Russia and Ukraine as part of his diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to resolve the current crisis peacefully.

Ban's first stop will be the Russian capital, Moscow, where he will meet on Thursday with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials.

On Friday, the UN chief will travel to Kiev, where he will hold talks with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other officials.

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19 MARCH 2014, NEW YORK CITY

Exterior shot, UN Secretariat

Security Council Chamber

Delegates

VAR of Jan Eliasson's statements

VAR of Ivan Eaimonovic's statements

VAR of Yuriy A. Sergeyev statements

VAR of Vitaly Churkin statements

VAR of Samantha Power statements

SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General:

"In a wider perspective, we should recall that the Russian Federation and Ukraine remain neighbours, with close, often complex, historic, cultural, economic and political ties. It is our view that it is in the interest of all of us that these two nations have positive ties, with each other and with the broader region."

SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General:

"I only wish to add that our primary diplomatic tool is constructive dialogue on the basis of the chapter in the Charter on pacific settlement of disputes. The UN will continue to play its role of promoting dialogue for a peaceful and joint resolution of this crisis, which now has become more serious than ever."

SOUNDBITE (English), Ivan Eaimonovic, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights:

"I have urged all authorities I encountered to ensure inclusivity in governance and while ensuring freedom of expression to curve hate speech. Ukraine is a multiethnic, multi-linguistic and multicultural country. Nationalistic rhetoric and politics will be counterproductive and will further deepen the internal diving lives within society."

SOUNDBITE (English) Yuriy A. Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:

"The declaration of independence by the Crimean Republic is a direct consequence of the application of the use of force and threats against Ukraine by the Russian Federation and in view of Russia's nuclear power status has a particularly dangerous character for Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity as well as international peace and security in general."

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:

"All these years the citizens and many activist in Crimea have repeatedly raised this issue, stating that Crimea is Russian land and Sevastopol is Russian city. It is only now that the will and freely expressed choice of the Crimean people have been fulfilled."

SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:

"Russia is known for its literary greatness and what you just heard from the Russian ambassador shows more imagination than Tolstoy or Chekhov. Russia has decided --it seems- to rewrite its borders, but it cannot rewrite the facts. The United States rejects Russia's military intervention and land-grab in Crimea. These actions again violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Russia's own binding agreements, International law, the expressed will of most members or this Council and the letter and inspirit of the United Nations Charter."

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