Chairman of Munich Security Conference supports Ukraine's initiative on peace summit

29 December 2022, 11:15 AM
Christoph Heusgen (Photo:DLD Conference/www.flickr.com)

Christoph Heusgen (Photo:DLD Conference/www.flickr.com)

Christoph Heusgen, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, expressed his support for Ukraine's proposal to hold a peace summit by the end of February, German public broadcaster DW reported on Dec. 28.

He said it would be nice to involve the UN in the summit, in an attempt to find some peaceful solution to Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion.

"Despite Russia's veto power in the Security Council, it doesn't mean the UN can reach anything," he said.

Heusgen illustrated his belief in the UN’s capabilities by mentioning the Black Sea grain initiative that was negotiated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

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“Though Guterres could have done even more," Heusgen said, and added that the UN leader should be pressuring countries into taking a stricter anti-Russian stance.

Ukraine hopes for a peace summit by the end of February 2023, preferably at the UN with Secretary-General Guterres as a possible mediator, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

Zelenskyy 'peace formula'

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented his 10-point peace plan at the G20 summit in November.

It includes:

  • Restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity
  • Withdrawal of Russian troops
  • Release of all prisoners and deportees
  • Punishment of every war criminal;

On Oct. 4, Zelenskyy enacted a decision taken by the National Security and Defense Council to outlaw any negotiations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The President's Office said that Kyiv would be ready for negotiations when the Russian leader changes.

Zelenskyy said a dialogue with Russia is possible only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from all Ukrainian territory and admitting that the full-scale invasion was "a terrible mistake". He also said that the leader of the Kremlin alone can move the war on to peace talks by retreating to Ukraine’s 1991 internationally recognized borders.

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