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UN chief urges respect for sovereignty of Ukraine

Published on Mar 21, 2014 8:34 PM

KIEV (AFP) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said on Friday the Ukrainian crisis could only be resolved through a diplomatic solution that respected the territorial integrity of the splintered ex-Soviet state.

"This current crisis can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic solutions based on the principle of the United Nations Charter, including respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Ban said after talks with Ukrainian acting president Oleksandr Turchynov.