Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Candith Mashego-Dlamini said diplomacy remains the key to a peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
The Deputy Minister said so during her participation in a parliamentary debate on the conflict in Ukraine on Tuesday.
“As a nation born of negotiation, South Africa always appreciates the potential of dialogue to avert crisis and de-escalate conflict.
“In line with our strong commitment to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, South Africa urges all parties to put more effort into diplomacy and find a solution that will help avoid further escalation.
“The door to diplomacy should never be closed, even if a conflict has broken out,” she said.
Mashego-Dlamini said South Africa’s approach to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict was based on several key principles, which in turn are based on the country’s foreign policy.
This includes expressing deep concern over the violation of the UN Charter and international law, loss of life, humanitarian impact and forced displacement of people as a result of the war in Ukraine; and recognizing that an armed conflict will undoubtedly cause human suffering and destruction, the effects of which will not only affect Ukraine, but will also reverberate throughout the world.
“No country is immune to the effects of this conflict. As the UN Secretary-General put it, the conflict “will have a huge impact on the global economy as we emerge from the COVID crisis.” [pandemic] and so many developing countries desperately need room for recovery”.
“South Africa emphasizes respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states,” Mashego-Dlamini said.
On September 9, 2021, BRICS leaders expressed concern over continued conflict and violence in different parts of the world.
The BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of States and reiterated that all conflicts must be resolved by peaceful means and by political and diplomatic efforts, in accordance with international law of the charter of the States. United Nations.
Mashego-Dlamini said South Africa urged all parties to approach the situation in a spirit of compromise, with all parties respecting international law.
“A peaceful resolution of the matter can be achieved by all parties if diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the concerns raised by Russia resume.
“Currently, it is essential that all parties respect and protect human rights and respect their obligations in terms of international law and international humanitarian law.”
The Deputy Minister said that South Africa continues to support and encourage regional initiatives such as the Minsk Accords, and SA commends the work of the Normandy Format, the Trilateral Contact Group and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
“Knowing that international action must create an environment conducive to diplomacy, dialogue and mediation, greater attention must be paid to bringing the parties to the dialogue together and not to their distance.
“The international community should support engagement between the parties in a spirit of compromise, while defusing tensions, urging them to cease hostilities and building trust.
“As the South African government, we urge all South Africans not to take sides in the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, as this may go against our principles. Moreover, South Africa has good bilateral relations with both countries. – SAnews.gov.za
Diplomacy “key to ending the Ukrainian crisis”
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