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Ukraine crisis: China urges dialogue at UNSC
May 3, 2014, 8:49 am

Liu Jieyi (C), China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council urgent session on the situation of Ukraine, at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 2, 2014 [Xinhua]

Liu Jieyi (C), China’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council urgent session on the situation of Ukraine, at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 2, 2014 [Xinhua]

China has said it will back a political solution to the deteriorating Ukraine crisis “through dialogue not confrontation.” The remarks came after the US and the EU stepped up confrontation with Moscow by announcing a fresh round of sanctions against Russia.

Liu Jieyi, China’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, made the remarks as the Security Council convened its second urgent session this week on the situation in Ukraine.

“In recent days, the situation in parts of eastern and southern Ukraine has escalated and caused casualties, which is a matter of deep concern to China,” Liu told the 15-member Council.

“China has indicated on many occasions its principled position on the Ukraine issue,” he said. “We hope that the parties concerned would keep in mind the interests of all ethnic communities in Ukraine and the larger picture of peace and stability in the region, exercise calm and restraint, and prevent the situation from further deterioration.”

Meanwhile, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was “extremely worried” about the welfare of Russians in Slovyansk.

Beijing has also indicated its support to Moscow on the issue saying a “historical” perspective is necessary.

“In order to tackle the crisis at its root, both historical and current developments have to be taken into account,” Liu said.

Beijing has made it clear that a settlement of the crisis needs to ‘fully accommodate the legitimate rights, interests and aspirations of all regions and ethnic communities within Ukraine”.

The United States, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union concluded Geneva talks on Ukraine after reaching an agreement on April 17, calling for an immediate halt of violence in Ukraine and practical steps to de-escalate the tension.

 

Source: Agencies

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