Global Peace Summit draft statement silent on Russian troop withdrawal from Ukraine

The Swiss flag near the Burgenstock resort in Switzerland, where the Peace Summit will take place on June 15 and 16
The Swiss flag near the Burgenstock resort in Switzerland, where the Peace Summit will take place on June 15 and 16

The forthcoming Global Peace Summit, scheduled for June 15-16 in Switzerland, is expected to present attendees with a joint statement that notably omits a call for Russian troop withdrawal from Ukraine, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on June 11, referencing a draft document.

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The draft statement only incorporates three out of ten peace formula points proposed by Ukraine. These include nuclear power plant safety, food security, as well as the release of all captives, and the return of children abducted by Russia, the NHK reported.

However, the document does not address demands for the withdrawal of Russian forces or the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, journalists said.

Ukraine’s demands regarding the withdrawal of Russian troops and other provisions were excluded from the draft statement “considering the positions of some Asian and Middle Eastern countries with rapidly growing economies that maintain ties with Russia,” the diplomatic sources said.

The draft joint statement also stipulates that all parties, including Russia, must engage in discussions to achieve peace, the NHK said.

June 2024 Peace Summit in Switzerland

Leaders from around the world will meet at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland from June 15-16, though Russia will not attend.

Ukraine hasn’t ruled out Russian participation in future Global Peace Summits but did not extend an invitation to the inaugural event, Presidential Office head Andriy Yermak said.

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The peace process is “unthinkable” without Russia, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated.

Ukrainian intelligence has reliable information that Russia wants to disrupt the peace summit, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 24.

China is also trying to disrupt the Global Peace Summit, working to prevent other countries from participating, he added.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other international leaders are expected to attend the summit.

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The White House will attend the Global Peace Summit, though U.S. President Joe Biden’s participation has yet to be confirmed. Zelenskyy said he would personally like to see Biden at the summit, as his absence would only encourage Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Reuters reported on May 31 that China had refused to participate in the peace summit in Switzerland.

Zelenskyy said on June 2 that the United States has confirmed its participation in the High-Level Peace Summit, but it is not yet known whether Joe Biden will attend.

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