INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE AIMED AT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Oksana Koliada and the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller discussed the vision and strategy for the transition from urgent assistance of international organizations to development projects.
During the meeting, which took place in New York, Oksana Koliada and Ursula Mueller also discussed the activities of the EECP on the contact line. Mrs. Ursula visited Ukraine in 2017, was, in particular, in Stanytsia Luhanska. Oksana Koliada spoke about the changes that have taken place since that time, in particular, the arrangement of the EECP, the initiative of the Ministry for Veterans Affairs to simplify the procedure for crossing the contact line by Ukrainian citizens who are forced to live in the occupied territory.
“We also touched on the activities of the interdepartmental commission at the Government level, in particular the distribution by thematic groups, which study issues of social payments and guarantees, monitoring of the environmental situation in the occupied territories, the issue of providing water to the front-line zone, and also the need to restore infrastructure in the East of Ukraine,” said Oksana Koliada.
Also, during the meeting, the parties touched on the issue of the temporarily occupied Crimea, violations of human rights there, in particular repressions against the Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars.
It was about the development of legislative acts by the Ministry together with the expert community with the involvement of the international community. In particular, on the administrative procedure for registering deaths and births in a temporarily occupied territory, the bill on social guarantees for persons deprived of personal liberty, as well as the bill on registration of internally displaced persons in communities.
“During the meeting, the issues of cooperation of the Ministry with international missions working in Ukraine were touched upon, we also discussed our vision of transition from urgent assistance from international organizations to development projects,” added the Minister.
At the end of the meeting, Mrs. Ursula announced her possible next visit to Ukraine in February next year.