UN envoy heads to Crimea: spokesman
Former coordinator for the Mid-East Peace Process Robert Serry - Photo courtesy of timesofisrael.com

UNITED NATIONS, United States: A U.N. envoy is en route to Crimea to assess the situation in the region, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Tuesday amid a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

The U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has asked Robert Serry “to travel to Crimea to take stock and evaluate the situation there,” Nesirky said.

“He is on his way and should arrive shortly,” he said.

Serry had cancelled a scheduled trip to Crimea on Saturday for logistical reasons, according to the United Nations.

Eliasson, for his part, was in Kiev where he met Tuesday with the transitional authorities, including the president, the prime minister and the foreign minister, Nesirky said.

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