Poroshenko calls on separatists to lay down their arms

by Reuters
Saturday, 7 June 2014 07:52 GMT

KIEV, June 7 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called in his inaugural speech on Saturday for separatists in the east of the country to lay down their arms, and said he would guarantee a safe corridor for Russian fighters to go home.

"I don't want war; I don't want revenge. I want peace and I want peace to happen," Poroshenko told parliament after taking the oath.

"Please, lay down the guns and I guarantee immunity to all those who don't have bloodshed on their hands." (Reporting by Richard Balmforth and Lidia Kelly; editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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