Geneva talks on Ukraine Step in the right direction.

The parties, United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia, at the Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.

The United States, the European Union. and Russia commit to support this mission, including by providing monitors.

All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.

The announced constitutional process will be inclusive, transparent and accountable….we must refrain from the use of violence or provocative actions.

Speaking after the agreement was announced, President  Obama sounded a skeptical note, saying it offered “a glimmer of hope,” but “we’re not going to count on it,” and adding that the United States would take more punitive action if Russia did not abide by its terms.

The Geneva agreement — hammered out during six hours of talks between Mr. Kerry; Mr. Lavrov; Andrii Deshchytsia, the interim Ukrainian foreign minister; and Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the European Union — called on all sides in Ukraine to refrain from violence or provocative behavior and rejected all forms of intolerance, including anti-Semitism.

  • The following Joint Statement was released by the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia. Begin Text: The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.
  • All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism.

It was agreed that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission should play a leading role in assisting Ukrainian authorities and local communities in the immediate implementation of these de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most, beginning in the coming days.

The announced constitutional process will be inclusive, transparent and accountable. It will include the immediate establishment of a broad national dialogue, with outreach to all of Ukraine’s regions and political constituencies, and allow for the consideration of public comments and proposed amendments.

The participants underlined the importance of economic and financial stability in Ukraine and would be ready to discuss additional support as the above steps are implemented.

News – Source: Office of the Spokesperson

  • Washington, DC April 17, 2014

But the agreement was as notable for what it did not address as for what it did. It did not require Russia to remove its troops from the border, nor did it commit Moscow to hold direct talks with Ukrainian officials, two of Mr. Obama’s demands.

Moreover, the agreement made no mention of Russia’s seizure and annexation of Crimea, an action deemed unacceptable by the United States and Europe and yet unlikely to be reversed, at least in the foreseeable future, Western officials have acknowledged privately.

“None of us leave here with the sense that the job is done,” Mr. Kerry said afterward. “We do not envision this as the full measure of de-escalation.” But he called the measures an important first step to avert “a completeand total implosion” in eastern Ukraine and said they could lead to more far-reaching moves to resolve the conflict.

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