United Nations LogoThe Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell has called on Ukraine’s political leadership, legislative authority and judiciary and all political factions, to continue to adhere to the following principles in overcoming current political tensions. United Nations LogoThe Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell has called on Ukraine’s political leadership, legislative authority and judiciary and all political factions, to continue to adhere to the following principles in overcoming current political tensions.

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Statement of the Resident Coordinator issued on behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Ukraine

Kyiv, 3 April 2007

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, who represents the UN Secretary-General, following consultations and agreement with the accredited Representatives/Heads of Mission of IAEA, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, WHO, and the IMF, IFC, and World Bank, has called on Ukraine’s political leadership, legislative authority and judiciary and all political factions, to continue to adhere to the following principles in overcoming current political tensions, namely, to:

  • Promote and maintain full respect for democratic values and the rule of law

< Policy Recommendations for consideration by the State Authorities of Ukraine, which were addressed to the President, the Prime Minister, and the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), on 31 January 2007, and which consisted of five main recommendations of the United Nations County Team of Agencies, with a particular emphasis on strengthening democracy in all spheres, and resolving constitutional uncertainties through a process that adheres to democratic standards and achieves a balance in the separation of powers within the State, and which would equally enable civil society to flourish without bureaucratic impediments, by reforming the legal framework in a liberal manner, and facilitating social dialogue and full enjoyment of rights by all. The Resident Coordinator encourages all to use this solemn week to reflect on heritage, sacrifices, and freedom, and to use this time to re-dedicate together to fundamental values, for personal renewal and the highest standards of integrity in public life.