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Ukraine is called to protect language rights of minorities

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Ukraine is called to protect language rights of minorities


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The state language law in Ukraine in its current version doesn’t guarantee to protect national minorities’ rights. This was stated by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and earlier served as the Secretary General of the OSCE Lamberto Zannier. He has stated that at the UN Security Council meeting in New York, TASS reports. Mr. Zannier claimed that the situation needs to be mended.

The UN representative stated that Ukraine has right to "strengthen the role of State language." According to him, it is nessesary to take to account ethnic and language diversity as n the country.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya has urged the UNSC to give an impartial assessment. The diplomat underlined that aforementioned document violates Minsk agreements that were earlier approved by UN Security Council. Not the status of Ukrainian language but the Russian language protection is the most important topic now, according to Nebenzya.

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reported, the violation of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian authorities was discussed at the meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, July 16. It was convened at the initiative of Moscow. The meeting was timed to the law on the state language in Ukraine, which is entering into force. According to Dmitry Polyansky, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Russian Federation to the United Nations, the text of the Minsk Agreements clearly spelled out the need for language self-determination of the residents of Donbass. If Donetsk and Lugansk return to Ukraine, the new document will not allow them to do this, according to the diplomat.

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