Joint Communiqué on the Foundations of Peace

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, June 17, 2024
Joint Communiqué on the Foundations of Peace

The Office of the President of Ukraine has published a joint communiqué following the Peace Summit in Switzerland, held on June 15-16, 2024

The document, endorsed by the majority of summit participants, reflects a unified stance on the foundational principles necessary to achieve a comprehensive, just, and sustainable peace for Ukraine.

High-Level Summit on Peace for Ukraine

Switzerland, June 15-16, 2024

The ongoing war waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine continues to inflict immense human suffering and destruction, posing risks and crises with global implications. The Peace Summit in Switzerland was convened to enhance high-level dialogue and foster solutions for a lasting peace in Ukraine. The communiqué reiterates the commitments outlined in the UN General Assembly resolutions A/RES/ES-11/1 (dated March 2, 2022) and A/RES/ES-11/6 (dated February 23, 2023), emphasizing adherence to international law, including the UN Charter.

Building on previous discussions based on the Ukrainian peace formula and other international law-compliant peace proposals, the summit provided a platform for a comprehensive, constructive exchange of views. The participants reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of all states, including Ukraine, within their internationally recognized borders. They stressed the importance of resolving disputes through peaceful means as enshrined in international law.

Key Aspects of the Communiqué:

  1. Nuclear Safety and Security:

    • All uses of nuclear energy and installations must be safe, secure, reliably guarded, and environmentally benign. Ukrainian nuclear facilities, particularly the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, should operate under Ukraine's full sovereign control and adhere to IAEA principles and supervision.
    • The threat or use of nuclear weapons in the context of the war in Ukraine is deemed unacceptable.
  2. Global Food Security:

    • Uninterrupted food production and supply are critical for global food security. Safe, free commercial shipping and access to Black and Azov Sea ports are paramount.
    • Attacks on merchant vessels, civilian ports, and port infrastructure are unacceptable. Ukrainian agricultural products must be safely and freely supplied to interested third countries. Food security should not be weaponized in any manner.
  3. Humanitarian Concerns:

    • All prisoners of war should be released through a full exchange. Ukrainian children who have been deported or illegally displaced, along with other detained civilians, must be returned to Ukraine.

Commitment to Future Actions

The communiqué underscores the necessity for engagement and dialogue among all parties to achieve peace. The participants agreed to take concrete measures in the areas highlighted, with a commitment to involving representatives of all concerned parties. The UN Charter principles, including respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, will guide efforts toward a comprehensive, just, and sustainable peace in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian authorities are optimistic that more countries will support the communiqué in the near future, reinforcing the global commitment to ending the conflict and restoring peace in Ukraine.

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