Mixed response to peace talks

Bürgenstock, NW.

There’s a mixed response to the outcome of the Ukraine peace conference at the Bürgenstock resort in canton Nidwalden.

100 countries and organisations were at the meeting, with the notable exception of Russia and China. 

84 out of 100 have signed a joint statement. It called all nuclear energy installations to be safe and under the full sovereign control of Ukraine.

Ships carrying food stuffs should have free access to ports in the Black and Azov Seas and all prisoners of war should be exchanged and displaced Ukrainian children should be returned.

They also say the UN Charter and respect for territorial integrity should be the basis of bringing a lasting peace to Ukraine. 

Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky says the statement is a first step towards peace.

The Austrian Chancellor, Karl Nehammer, says peace takes time and the EU commission president, Ursula von der Leyen says patience and determination is needed.

But major non-aligned countries failed to sign, such as India, Indonesia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. 

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