Integrity, security and roadmap for peace: here is the declaration of the summit in Switzerland


By John

“The Russian Federation’s ongoing war against Ukraine continues to cause large-scale human suffering and destruction and create risks and crises with global repercussions for the world.” It opens like this the final document of the Ukraine Peace Summit held in Switzerlandthe contents of which were published on the website of the Ukrainian presidency.

«We gathered in Switzerland on 15 and 16 June 2024 to strengthen a high-level dialogue on paths to comprehensive, just and lasting peace for Ukraine. We reaffirmed resolutions A/RES/ES-11/1 and A/RES/ES-11/6 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and underlined our commitment to uphold international law, including the Charter of the United Nations.” we read in the document, according to which «this summit was built on previous discussions that took place on Ukraine’s peace formula and other peace proposals that are in line with international law, including the United Nations Charter».

“We deeply appreciate Switzerland’s hospitality and its initiative to host the high-level summit as an expression of its firm commitment to promoting international peace and security,” the document highlights. «We had a fruitful, comprehensive and constructive exchange of different views on paths towards a framework for global, just and lasting peace, based on international law, including the United Nations Charter. In particular, we reaffirm our commitment to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, the principles of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all States, including Ukraine, within their internationally recognized borders, including territorial waters, and the settlement of disputes by peaceful means as principles of international law.”

“Vision on crucial aspects”

«Furthermore, we have a common vision on the following crucial aspects: First, any use of nuclear energy and nuclear facilities must be safe, secure, safe and environmentally friendly. Ukrainian nuclear power plants and facilities, including the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, must operate safely and securely under the full sovereign control of Ukraine and in line with the principles of the IAEA and under its supervision. Any threat or use of nuclear weapons in the context of the ongoing war against Ukraine is unacceptable.” Secondly, “global food security depends on the production and uninterrupted supply of food products. In this regard, free, complete and safe commercial navigation, as well as access to seaports in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov, are crucial. Attacks against merchant ships in ports and along the entire route, as well as against civilian ports and civilian port infrastructure, are unacceptable. Food safety must not be used as a weapon in any way. Ukrainian agricultural products should be supplied safely and free of charge to interested third countries. Third, “all prisoners of war must be released by full exchange. All illegally deported and displaced Ukrainian children, and all other illegally detained Ukrainian civilians, must be repatriated to Ukraine.” «We believe that achieving peace requires involvement and dialogue between all parties. We have therefore decided to take concrete steps in the future in the above-mentioned areas with further commitment from representatives of all parties. The United Nations Charter, including the principles of respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all States, can and will serve as the basis for achieving comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine,” the text concludes.