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U.N. secretary-general says Crimea referendum "will only exacerbate this situation"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out against the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, urging all parties to refrain from violence and engage in "inclusive national dialogue."

By JC Finley
U.N. secretary-general says Crimea referendum "will only exacerbate this situation"
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters Building in New York City on March 13, 2014. (UPI/John Angelillo) | License Photo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine following Sunday's Crimea referendum.

"... deeply disappointed and concerned that the Crimea referendum will only exacerbate this situation," the secretary-general urged de-escalation through the cessation of violence by all parties and through "inclusive national dialogue."

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The UN secretary-general's statement followed a failed UN Security Council draft resolution on Saturday to reaffirm Ukraine's "sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity," and denounce the planned Sunday Crimea referendum as invalid. Russia, a UNSC permanent member, utilized its veto power to block the resolution's passage.

Residents of Crimea voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

[United Nations]

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