"We are ready to discuss the mandate and other aspects of such an operation. In order to analyze the situation on the spot, we invite an assessment mission of the UN Secretariat to Ukraine," the permanent representative told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while presenting his credentials on Jan. 4, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Yelchenko, one of the possible options for the UN to contribute to de-escalating the situation in the Donbas would be the deployment of a peacekeeping operation there.
Opening a UN mission in support of the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements could be another possible area for cooperation, Yelchenko said. This mission could be engaged in coordination of a land mine clearance operation in the east of Ukraine given UN's huge experience in that area, he added.
The parties also discussed the Ukrainian agenda at the UN Security Council. "Yelchenko said that one of Ukraine's priorities would be to promote consistent adherence to the UN Charter, in particular to the respect for territorial integrity and political independence of states. Moreover, he stressed that Ukraine would pay special attention to peace and security in Africa and the Middle East, the fight against terrorism, protection of civilians in armed conflicts, and nuclear non-proliferation," the report notes.