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First Peace Summit to address global crises amid Russia-Ukraine war

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks  during the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024 in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday. EPA-Yonhap

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024 in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday. EPA-Yonhap

By Kim Hyun-bin

The First Peace Summit is set to take place Saturday and Sunday in Burgenstock, Switzerland. The Embassy of Ukraine in Seoul underscored the significance of this event in a statement issued Thursday, in the context of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

The war continues to inflict substantial human suffering and destruction, posing significant risks and crises for the global community. Ukraine's position, as articulated by the embassy, highlights Russia's persistent aggression and blatant disregard for international law.

"Ukraine, being a victim of aggression, has a moral right to propose its vision for achieving peace," the statement reads. "Ukraine, like no other, wants peace — but it is not ready for 'peace at any price.' The only realistic and effective plan to achieve peace is the 10-point Peace Formula proposed by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy."

The Peace Formula emphasizes that peace for Ukraine must be comprehensive, just and lasting. Achieving this, according to Ukraine, requires the collective efforts of all nations that respect the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. The upcoming Peace Summit is seen as a pivotal step towards restoring peace in Ukraine and upholding a rules-based international order.

The inaugural summit will address critical global issues such as radiation and nuclear safety, food security and humanitarian concerns related to the release of prisoners and deported persons, including children. These topics, integral to Ukraine's Peace Formula, resonate with universally recognized human values and impact the security of millions worldwide.

The summit aims to reinforce the international community's commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of states within their internationally recognized borders. The Embassy of Ukraine expressed hope that the participation of Korea and other peace-loving nations at the highest possible level will convey a strong message of international solidarity with Ukraine.

Such participation, it believes, will bolster the existing international commitment to the relevant United Nations General Assembly Resolution, underpinning a just, sustainable and comprehensive peace.

Kim Hyun-bin


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