Nizami Ganjavi International Center issues statement on events in Ukraine

Nizami Ganjavi International Center issues statement on events in Ukraine
# 28 February 2022 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

The members of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center have issued a statement regarding the events in Ukraine, ASPA reports.

The statement, signed by the center's co-chairs and about 40 former heads of state and government, as well as influential public and political figures, calls for lasting peace in the conflict in Ukraine.

The statement reads:

"Yet just as hopes were rising of reaching a post-pandemic state, our world was shocked again, on 24 February, when Russia’s military began new moves across Ukraine’s border. The implications are serious for all, particularly for those losing their lives on both sides and those fleeing across borders. Among other impacts will be the effects on the global economy’s capacity to recover from the pandemic. The terrible impacts are immediate and will have painful, wide-ranging effects for years to come.

We, as members of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre (NGIC), headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan, call for urgent dialogue between Russia’s and Ukraine with a view to ending the hostilities immediately. Time is of the essence. The situation becomes worse and more people lose their lives with every moment that passes. Too many innocent lives are being lost and this situation cannot be allowed to continue.

We acknowledge and appreciate the call of the President of Azerbaijan to host both parties for peace discussions in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is a neutral venue for such discussions, having already been a platform for a meeting of top Russian and NATO generals for talks on preventing military incidents. We fervently hope the parties will accept this offer and that Baku can play an important role in solving this biggest security crisis which Europe has faced since the end of World War Two."

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