Pax Christi International calls for continued efforts in support of a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian conflict

 

Pax Christi International is following attentively the situation of crisis in the eastern regions of Ukraine. Given the recent escalation of conflict that claimed many victims, Pax Christi International renewed its appeal for peace and for a negotiated solution.

The movement supports the agreement reached through diplomatic efforts on 11 and 12 February 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. The ceasefire agreement should be implemented by Sunday 15 February 2015 at the latest and monitored directly. While significant work is yet to be done, this at least begins a process toward increased security, law and order.

Security risks in Ukraine remain high. The violence must end as soon as possible and de-escalation of the conflict should be a priority. No military aid should be delivered to the parties in conflict, since that could further escalate the crisis, but, given the great need, additional international humanitarian aid should be delivered promptly.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations should facilitate further negotiations and monitor the situation on the ground. 

All interested parties should be trusted in their sincere efforts to implement agreements reached by common consent and invoking the principle of international law. Humanity must find the courage to substitute the right to force with the power of law. Ukrainians should return to their previous practice of compromise and dialogue.

Pax Christi International is in solidarity with all who suffer and remains hopeful that paths to reconciliation and peace in Ukraine will be developed as soon as possible. At the same time, the movement urges its members around the world to pray for those who have been killed and injured as a result of the hostilities.

 

Brussels, 13 February 2015