Chinese president, UN chief discuss Ukraine issue
Noordwijk (The Netherlands): Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed developments related to Ukraine on Sunday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening of the Sino-Dutch Economic Forum in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on March 23, 2014. Pic: AFP
The two leaders are in the Netherlands to attend the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held in The Hague Monday and Tuesday.
The UN chief briefed Xi on UN's latest efforts on the crisis. Xi noted that the spillover effects of the Ukraine crisis have been very obvious recently and are relevant to the interests and concerns of all parties involved, Xinhua reported.
The Chinse president said the crisis should be solved in a balanced manner.
The Chinese side has raised a three-point proposal, hoping all the parties involved will seek maximum common ground and avoid going to extremes again, Xi said, adding that the most urgent issue at present is to find a solution to the crisis.
Xi praised the UN chief's mediation efforts over the issue and voiced his support for the UN's important role in pushing for a political solution to the crisis.