“CI arrived in Switzerland for the World Peace Summit. It will be two days of active work with countries from all parts of the world, with different nations who, however, are united by a common goal of bringing a just and lasting peace in Ukraine”, he announced himself on the social network X, in a post accompanied by a photo of him leaving the plane.

In the same publication, Zelensky maintained that “the Peace Summit will provide an opportunity for the global majority to take specific action in areas important to everyone in the world: nuclear security, food security and the return of prisoners of war and all deportees, including deported Ukrainian children”.

Pointing out that the conference will feature the participation of close to 100 countries and international organizations, the Ukrainian President thanks “all those who decided to participate and demonstrate global leadership and commitment to peace, international law and the Charter of the United Nations”.

“Together, as a responsible global majority, we must make every effort to ensure that wars, aggressions and colonial occupation can end and are never repeated. I am sure that everyone in the world is interested in a just peace and respect for all nations”, wrote Zelensky, concluding that it is necessary to “restore the full force of the Charter of the United Nations”.

Between Saturday and Sunday, Switzerland hosts the Peace Conference in Ukraine, which will bring together representatives from more than 90 countries and organizations, including Portugal, but not from Russia or China, among other important absentees.

The objective of the conference, organized by Switzerland following a request to that effect made by Zelensky, is “to inspire a future peace process”, based on “the debates that have taken place in recent months, namely the Ukrainian peace plan and other peace proposals based on the Charter of the United Nations and the fundamental principles of international law”.

At this summit, which begins on Saturday afternoon in the luxurious Swiss resort of Burgenstock, on the outskirts of Lucerne, central Switzerland, to which 4,000 soldiers were deployed to guarantee the event’s security, Ukraine hopes to obtain broad international support for a joint peace plan, with the prospect of a second summit, to which Russia would be invited, which currently occupies around 20% of its territory, following the military offensive launched in February 2022.

Among the participants – around half of whom are from Europe – include, in addition to Zelensky, the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

Among the major absentees from the summit, to which 160 countries and delegations had been invited, Russia stands out naturally, which for several times deplored the holding of a conference based on the peace plan presented at the end of 2022 by Zelensky — which envisages in its initial formulation – a withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, financial compensation from Moscow and the creation of a court to judge those responsible -, and accused Switzerland of losing neutrality by aligning itself with European sanctions.

The other major absentee is China, one of Moscow’s great allies and seen as a key intermediary for future peace talks, which refused to participate given Russia’s absence, with Zelensky accusing Beijing of working together with the Kremlin (Russian presidency ) to sabotage the conference by pressuring countries not to participate.

Portugal will be represented at the conference by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Paulo Rangel.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2580426/zelensky-ja-chegou-a-suica-para-a-conferencia-para-a-paz-as-imagens

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