Kiev voices readiness for more consultations on crisis settlement

Kiev voices readiness for more consultations on crisis settlement
# 02 July 2014 19:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Ukrainian government is ready to continue consultations over settlement of the ongoing crisis in the country's east, a senior official said Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We are ready to continue consultations with the participation of the contact group (of European, Ukrainian and Russian representatives) to seek a peaceful solution in any acceptable location," Valery Chaly, deputy chief of the presidential administration, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

He said President Petro Poroshenko has done all he could to give peace a chance in the country and stressed that Kiev needs international support.

Kiev may stop using force in those regions as soon as mutual cease-fire and restoration of government control on the Russian border in those regions come into effect, as envisaged by the decision of the European Union on June 27, Chaly said.

He added that all hostages taken by rebels must be freed and the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will be allowed to the Russia-Ukraine border.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian president's envoy for settling the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk regions Irina Geraschenko said that the third meeting of the OSCE-Ukraine-Russia contact group may be held in Minsk.

On June 23, the Kiev-appointed Donetsk regional administration hosted multilateral consultations attended by former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, as well as representatives from self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

Consultations between the contact group and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk separatists also took place on June 27.