President Putin of Russia backs Ukraine peace plan

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President Vladmir Putin's request to the Russian parliament to revoke the authorization to send troops to Ukraine will help reduce tensions and improve chances for a negotiated settlement.

That's what Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Tuesday.

President Putin has also expressed support for the Ukraine President's peace plan for the eastern part of the country, Mr Zerihoun said.

"On 20 June, Ambassador Yuri Sergeyev of Ukraine provided to the Secretary-General an official copy of President Poroshenko's peace plan which included de-escalatory measures such as amnesty for those who did not participate in serious crimes, disarmament, decentralization of power and early local elections and also a programme for creating jobs in the region."

A week-long unilateral cease-fire was declared on 20 June by Ukraine's President Poroshenko in order to give armed groups a "window of opportunity" to disarm, Mr Zerihoun added.

According to the plan, he noted, all rebels who surrender peacefully and who have not committed grave crimes would be granted amnesty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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