11:52 09.01.2018

Ukraine to submit new resolutions on human rights in Crimea to UN General Assembly

Ukraine to submit new resolutions on human rights in Crimea to UN General Assembly

The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, has announced the submission of new resolutions on the state of human rights in the occupied Crimea to the General Assembly for consideration.

"There will be a third, a fourth, and a fifth resolution. I wish there were 50 or 100 of them. I hope that the issue of the return of Crimea will be resolved sooner ... The resolutions of this kind have their own peculiar evolution: a year passes, circumstances change, and a new wording is adopted. But we still hope that by the next year there will be at least some small progress in the issue of admitting the UN monitoring mission to Crimea," Yelchenko said in an interview with the European Truth Internet Publication, published on Tuesday.

Also, commenting on the statements of the occupation authorities about the alleged invitation of UN observers to the occupied Crimea to monitor the situation with human rights on the peninsula, he noted that he would be happy if the self-proclaimed government of Crimea invite UN monitors, and this in no way means recognition of Russian jurisdiction.

"The issue is not in the invitation, it can be from anyone. The UN mission will not go to Crimea without having permission from Ukraine. We will give this permission a priori. The question is only what the conditions for sending such a mission will be. Until now, Russia has presented absolutely unacceptable conditions. For example, the mission does not include experts working in the UN monitoring mission in Ukraine, that is, there is no mention of the word "Ukraine." But this is a matter of principle for the UN, because the organization directs those people whom it considers necessary, and not Russia chooses them," the diplomat said.

Yelchenko stressed that, despite the statements of the occupation authorities, Russia would never invite observers to Crimea.

"They understand in Russia that what the mission will write after visiting Crimea will have even more terrible consequences for them than if they do not let this mission go there," he added.

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