A The two-day meeting of delegates trying to advance a peace plan is the third round of these negotiations in recent months.
Ukraine sees them as an opportunity to gain support for its President Volodymyr Zelensky’s 10-point peace plan from countries around the world, especially as the conflict in the Middle East threatens to shift focus away from the inter-Russian war. and Ukrainians.
Russia considered the initiative biased and refused to participate in the meetings.
“Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts are bearing fruit as international support for the Ukrainian peace formula is growing,” wrote the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, on the social network X (formerly Twitter) before the session opening, highlighting the strong international presence.
The initial round of talks, which took place in June, in Copenhagen, had just 15 participants, increasing to 43 in the second round, in Jeddah, in August, and now to 65.
In his speech at the conference, Yermak noted that as more and more states join the development of Zelensky’s plan, “Russia will have to yield to the international community. It will have to accept common conditions.”
The representative of the Ukrainian presidency then specified that five of the 10 points of the plan would be discussed in this weekend’s talks: nuclear security, energy security, food security, release of prisoners of war and deportees and restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
In his speech at the opening of the meeting, Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ian Borg, said that the high participation was a “vote of confidence in Malta as a peace mediator”, reiterating the country’s support for Ukraine.
“Although we are a neutral state, we cannot remain silent in the face of injustice, atrocities and abuse of power in this region,” Borg said.
“Malta believes in multilateralism under the auspices of international law and the Charter of the United Nations”, he stressed.
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