Guterres calls on Russia and Ukraine to speed up negotiations towards peace

“I urge regional and international actors to support this process in the interest of stability” worldwide, said the UN secretary general.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, called on Monday (05.09.2022) Russia and Ukraine to speed up negotiations to achieve a peaceful settlement of the current conflict in line with international law.

“I call on Russia and Ukraine to activate diplomatic efforts through dialogue in order to urgently achieve a negotiated settlement. The guns must be silent,” Guterres said at a joint press conference with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita.

He stressed that such an arrangement must respect international law and the statute of the United Nations.

“I urge regional and international actors to support this process for the sake of international stability,” he added during his speech in Chisinau.

The Portuguese diplomat also called on Russia to cease its military actions in Ukraine, expressed his “deep concern” about the possible spread of the conflict and considered the consequences of an escalation unimaginable.

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“The Russian invasion of Ukraine must stop. Neighboring countries like Moldova are suffering from the economic ramifications of the war. Moldova is on the front line of preserving stability in the world,” he stressed.

After a Russian general acknowledged that Moscow is considering access to the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, Guterres defended the territorial integrity of Moldova.

“Moldova’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, in addition to the solid progress achieved in the last three decades, must not be threatened or undermined,” he stressed.

He also called on the international community to help Chisinau deal with the flood of refugees, which the government now estimates at almost 100,000.

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