Ukrainians endorse allegiance to Geneva Accord

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: “The Roundtable Conference ... is an expression of the amicable and reconciliatory demands of citizens for the development of a unitary and sovereign state.”

Ukrainians endorse allegiance to Geneva Accord

World Bulletin/News Desk

The National Unity Dialogue Roundtable Conference held on Wednesday in Ukraine concluded with endorsement of the Geneva Accord.

The United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement in Geneva on April 17, known as the Geneva Accord, on actions to be taken to ease tension and crisis in Ukraine. The agreement stated that parties would refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions and that all illegal armed groups would be disarmed.

Signatories to the National Unity Conference included Ukraine's Interim President and Speaker of the Parliament Aleksandr Turchynov, Former Presidents Leonid Kravchuk and Leonid Kuchma, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Deputy Speaker Ruslan Koshulinskiy, as well as cabinet members, presidential candidates Sergey Tigipko, Renat Kuzmin and Yulia Timoshenko, OSCE Representative Wolfgang Ischinger, religious leaders, representatives of civil societies, academics and a few ambassadors from neighboring countries.

Turchynov made the inaugural speech at the conference while former President Leonid Kravchuk proposed that the next such conference be held from May 17 to 19 in Donetsk, however the location of the next conference was not given, due to security concerns.

Following the meeting, a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry statement said, “The National Unity Dialogue Roundtable Conference is proof of Ukraine's allegiance to the Geneva Accord. This is an expression of the amicable and reconciliatory demands of citizens for the development of a unitary and sovereign state.”

Vyacheslav Ponamaryev, the leader of the separatists in control of Slavyansk, said, “First of all the army must withdraw from Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkiv, before we begin negotiations with the government. Enough is enough, if the government wants to sit on negotiation table, the Right Sector and mercenary soldiers should leave us alone. We know how to talk to them. Only then we will sit on the table.” 

The Right Sector is a Ukrainian nationalist political party, formerly a coalition of right-wing groups which provided logistical support and tactical leadership at the so-called 'Euromaidan' protests in Kiev in January, which ousted former Ukrainian president Vladimir Yanukovych. 

The referendum on self-rule in Ukraine's eastern city of Slavyansk concluded on Sunday evening, with a high turn-out as claimed by pro-Russian separatists.

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