Brazil to propose a peace conference to end the war in Ukraine
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Photo:REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva intends to suggest establishing a "peace club" –together with China – to end the war in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on March 24.
The offer to create the club will be made during Lula’s visit to China for a meeting with Xi Jinping. Brazil is currently trying to pivot away from an isolationist foreign policy pushed by former president Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are very interested in facilitating or helping to create some sort of a meeting that will lead to a peace process,” said Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira.
“The president has said many times that he keeps hearing a lot about the war, but very few words about peace. He is interested in peaceful conversations.”
President Lula also said earlier that he wants to create a group of countries that would conduct peace negotiations with Ukraine and Russia to end the war.
“I propose to create a group of countries that will try to sit down at the negotiating table with Ukraine and Russia to try to find peace,” he said.
China released its 12-point "peace plan" on Feb. 24, outlining its stance on resolving the conflict.
The plan calls for a ceasefire and negotiations but notably omits any mention of Russia withdrawing its troops from occupied Ukrainian territory.
In response, U.S. President Joe Biden dismissed Beijing's position, stating that its implementation would benefit only Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he appreciated China's engagement in dialogue about Ukraine, although he disagreed with certain aspects of the plan.
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