UN Chief Meets With Ukraine's Prime Minister


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo praised Ukraine's new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Saturday for demonstrating what he described as "real leadership." (March 22)



Kiev, Ukraine - March 22, 2014

1. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, shaking hands with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General:

"You showed your real leadership, your real leadership, in calling for inclusiveness, reconciliation at a time when many of your citizens are understandably feeling anger and frustrated and sorry for what had happened. I'm confident that with such a strong support of international community which you are receiving and under your leadership, as well as courageous people, you will be able to overcome this difficult time."

3. SOUNDBITE: (English): Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine:

"You're well aware of the outcomes of so called referendum, of so called Crimean government and the last actions that had been undertaken by Russian federation, the annexation of territory of independent country, of my country. We do not recognize this referendum and we strongly believe that the international community will condemn this action and find an appropriate response to unreasonable Russian aggression and invasion into Ukrainian territory."

4. Diplomats and politicians shaking hands


United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday praised Ukraine's new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk for his "real leadership" on the second day of his visit to Ukraine.

Ban said Yatsenyuk has called for "inclusiveness, reconciliation" at a time when Ukrainian citizens remain angry and frustrated at the developments in their country.

Yatsenyuk reiterated that last week's disputed referendum in Crimea would continue to go unrecognized.

He also reminded the Secretary-General that his government expected the international community to find the appropriate response to what he called "unreasonable Russian aggression" into Ukraine's territory.

Russia rushed the annexation of Crimea after residents there voted in a hastily called referendum Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

Ukraine and the West have rejected the vote, saying it was held at gunpoint since Russian troops had seized control of Crimea two weeks earlier.

Ukraine, on Friday, signed a new treaty of co-operation with Europe, while President Vladimir Putin celebrated legalising Crimea's incorporation into Russia with fireworks in Moscow and the Black sea peninsula.

Ban has met with both Ukrainian and Russian diplomats and politicians this week and has called for dialogue between Kiev and Moscow.

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