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Ukraine expects new UN head to be proactive in conflict resolution

Regional crises must be prevented, Kyiv says.

Ukraine expects new UN head to be proactive in conflict resolution
Serhiy Kyslytsya
Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The UN secretary-general should play a special role in preventing conflicts, Deputy Ukrainian Foreign Minister Serhiy Kyslytsya has said at the UN Security Council open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining pace.

"The UN secretary-general should play a special role in conflict prevention. We expect him to be active, unfair and independent in his actions, including briefing the Security Council about the most worrisome situations without delay," he said.

Kyslytsya hopes the new UN head will make an active use of good offices for a peaceful settlement of conflicts. In his words, this is applicable both to countries where the situation is unstable and to countries where the conflict is already taking place, like Ukraine.

He noted that that during crisis situations, the previous UN secretary-general mostly expressed his concern without taking any specific action.

During the debate, new UN head Antonio Guterres said he was going to pay special attention to conflict prevention and closely coordinate with the Security Council.