Ukraine has called on the international community to ensure the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria and welcomed a plan by the United States and Russia to destroy chemical weapons, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said at the general debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"One of the most painful security problems of today is the civil conflict in Syria, which, unfortunately, increasingly crosses borders and grows into the source of threats of regional scale," he stated, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Yanukovych stressed the need to "do everything in our power" and "localize and heal the open wound of this conflict as soon as possible." He said that in joint actions on settling the conflict it is necessary to rely on humanistic values, sobriety, competence and mutual responsibility.

"Ukraine has extended its helping hand to the Syrian population by rendering assistance through UN mechanisms. Today we urge the entire international community to take part in this humanitarian mission," Yanukovych said.

He added that Ukraine is convinced that successful implementation of the plan by the United States and Russia to destroy chemical weapons gives hope to bring the conflict under control and leaves space for the political and diplomatic settlement.

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