UN chief hopes Ukraine peace plan will reduce violence, ease tensions

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has hailed a peace plan put forward by Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, and said he hopes it will reduce violence and tensions in the eastern part of the country.

According to media reports, the peace plan involves proposals for decentralising power, holding early elections, and creating a buffer zone on the Ukrainian-Russian border.

In a phone call with Mr. Poroshenko on Saturday, the Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s commitment to help resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

He also discussed the humanitarian situation in the country, while reaffirming the world body’s commitment to working with the Ukrainian authorities to assist with internally displaced persons and other humanitarian issues.

SOURCE: WAM