Security Council endorses "package of measures" to resolve Ukraine crisis

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The Security Council has endorsed as so-called "package of measures" adopted and signed in Minsk last week to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

A resolution, tabled by Russia was unanimously adopted by the 15-member Council on Tuesday.

Fighting has continued in the eastern part of Ukraine, despite a ceasefire agreed on last year.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

In its unanimously adopted resolution, the Security Council welcomed the declaration by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany adopted on 12 February in Minsk, Belarus.

The declaration contains what has been called a package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, including a ceasefire.

The agreements were signed by Russia, Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in September last year to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ambassador Jim Mclay of New Zealand said it was no secret that over the past four days the Security Council had struggled to negotiate a mutually acceptable text for the resolution.

He said that struggle was hardly surprising given the nature of the matter, the history of the conflict and the active support of troops and material that the separatists continue to receive.

"Those problems should not, Mr. President, however, obscure the very simple truth that above all, our combined objective must be to see an end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, a genuine and holding ceasefire with lives saved as a result, to see respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to see an end to external support for the separatists." (28")

The Security Council called on all parties in the conflict in Ukraine to fully implement the "Package of measures", including a comprehensive ceasefire as provided for in that package.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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