Ukrainian and Swiss presidents agreed to hold the first Global Peace Summit in June

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In January, Presidents Zelenskyy and Amherd agreed to start preparations for the Global Peace Summit at the level of heads of state in Switzerland.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, held a telephone conversation with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, about the conference for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine, scheduled for June 2024 at the Bürgenstock resort in the canton of Nidwalden, Switzerland.

In January 2024, the President of the Swiss Confederation and the Ukrainian President met in Bern to discuss the possibility of organising a peace conference in Switzerland. This marked the beginning of a collaborative journey, with Switzerland engaging in talks with G7 member states, the EU, and representatives from various countries such as China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia. These discussions were aimed at exploring options for initiating a peace process, highlighting the shared responsibility of all participating nations. 

The Federal Council has reviewed the results and discussed the next steps. There is enough international support for a high-level conference hosted by President Viola Amherd to launch the peace process.  

The conference aims to create a forum for high-level dialogue on achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace for Ukraine per international law and the UN Charter. Its goal is to establish a common understanding of a framework favourable to this objective and a concrete roadmap for the peace process.

“This is a powerful sign of solidarity with Ukrainians who suffered from the war,” the President of Ukraine said.

During the phone call, the two Presidents discussed practical issues regarding the organisation of the first Global Peace Summit. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Viola Amherd agreed to continue working on involving as many countries as possible to participate in the summit to develop a shared vision for the practical achievement of a just, sustainable, and comprehensive peace for Ukraine.

The summit will be a logical continuation of the work on implementing the Ukrainian Peace Formula, including meetings at the level of ambassadors of more than 80 countries accredited to Ukraine and four meetings of national security advisers to be held in Copenhagen, Jeddah, Malta, and Davos.

President Zelenskyy also thanked the Federal Assembly of Switzerland for its 10 April decision to allocate 5 billion Swiss francs to restoring Ukraine.

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