UN Chief António Guterres Urges to End War in Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file photo)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file photo)

In his efforts to get the war in Ukraine stopped, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has written separate letters to the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to request meetings with them in their respective capitals, the United Nations said on Wednesday (April 20). 

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Mr. Guterres has asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Kyiv. The letters were handed over to the countries’ UN Missions in New York on April 19. 

“The Secretary-General said, at this time of great peril and consequence, he would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the Charter of the United Nations and international law,” said Mr. Dujarric. 

“He noted that both Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of this Organization.” 

According to a UN report, the announcement came a day after the UN chief called for a humanitarian pause in Ukraine ahead of Orthodox Christian Easter this weekend.

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