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Klimkin, Romania's Foreign Minister Melescanu Discuss UN Peacekeeping Mission In Donbas, Ukraine's Law On Educ

Klimkin, Romania's Foreign Minister Melescanu Discuss UN Peacekeeping Mission In Donbas, Ukraine's Law On Education

Donbas, UN, Pavlo Klimkin, peacekeeping mission, law On Education, Romania, Teodor Melescanu

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Foreign Minister of Romania Teodor Melescanu have discussed possible deployment of a UN Peacekeeping Mission in the occupied Donbas and the new wording of the law on education adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The statement reads that the meeting was on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 19.

Minister Klimkin informed his Romanian counterpart Melescanu about Ukraine's position on establishing a UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine's Donbas.

Klimkin stressed that UN peacekeepers have to be deployed throughout the whole area of certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including along the temporarily uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

"Thus, there can be no international forces stationed exclusively along the contact line, since it would only contribute to "freezing" the conflict, creating another 'gray' zone on the European continent and consolidating the Russian influence over it," reads the statement.

The ministers also discussed the recently adopted Law of Ukraine "On Education".

Minister Klimkin emphasized that Ukraine will continue to guarantee cultural and language rights of national minorities.

"The fact that the law does not in any way limit the possibilities for the study of the Romanian language or of general education subjects in the Romanian language, but merely creates necessary conditions for mastering the Ukrainian language, was specifically brought to the attention of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Teodor Melescanu," reads the statement.

"The new law is about creating additional opportunities for self-realization of members of national minorities, including through acquiring university level education," the press service quoted Minister Klimkin as saying.

According to the statement, over the course of the meeting the counterparts agreed on the importance of maintaining active bilateral contacts in this sphere and supported the idea of conducting mutual visits to hold consultations between respective national institutions and bodies.

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania said in a statement that the ministers discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, including perspectives of possible deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission. The ministers agreed that any such step shall be taken with observation and respects of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania says Minister Melescanu expressed concerns with the situation at schools where Romanian is taught after the adoption of the new education law.

Minister Melescanu said the implementation of the law should be discussed the Romanian community of Ukraine and the Romanian authorities.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Foreign Minister Klimkin says Ukraine will continue to guarantee free development of the languages of ethnic minorities.

Russia considers that language provisions envisioned by the Law of Ukraine On Education infringe rights of Russian-speaking population in Ukraine.

Earlier, the Republic of Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Moldova expressed concerns over infringement of rights of national minorities in Ukraine by the new wording of the education law.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on September 5.


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