400 Ukrainians remain in Syria: FM of Ukraine

3 September 2013 10:29
Kyiv (QHA) - Another 400 Ukrainian citizens still remain in Syria, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara has said live on the Freedom of Speech program, reports Ukrinform. "Seven hundred people have been evacuated since the beginning of the conflict. Four hundred citizens remain in the country. They have already been informed that they can be evacuated, but due to a number of circumstances these people are still in this country," UNN quoted Kozhara as saying. The minister said that the authorities had actively evacuated Ukrainian citizens who are in this country. Reports in late August said that over 100,000 people had been killed during the war in Syria. Kozhara also noted that Ukraine was concerned about reports of the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. He said that three main elements were important to Ukraine: "The first is how the world, our partners see the settlement of this conflict. The second element is the rapid cessation of a humanitarian disaster as the death toll of the conflict has exceeded tens of thousands of people, and the third element is the fate of our citizens." According to the minister, President Viktor Yanukovych clearly expressed Ukraine's position on this issue. "We want all politically legal international and diplomatic funds to be used, and there are international institutions for that: the international security system, including the UN Security Council. Therefore, all of these funds should be used. Other decisions will have to be taken only after they are not used," Kozhara said.