Europe's 12 Points Peace Plan for the Russia-Ukraine War

Through my last article about the african peace mission I have the European peace plan for the war in Ukraine on found on the page of the European Union. Below is the European 12 point peace plan:

The European Council reiterates its strong condemnation of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, which is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, and recalls the European Union's unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and Ukraine's natural right to self-defense against Russian aggression.

The European Council welcomes the United Nations General Assembly resolution entitled "United Nations Charter Principles Underlying a Comprehensive, Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine", which was adopted with broad support from the international community. It reiterates its support for President Selenskyj's Ukrainian peace formula. The European Union will continue to work with Ukraine on the 10-point peace plan.

3. Russia must end its war of aggression and immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its armed forces and proxy forces from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. International humanitarian law must be respected - including with regard to the treatment of prisoners of war. The European Council strongly condemns sexual and gender-based violence. Russia must immediately ensure the safe return of Ukrainians forcibly transferred to Russia, especially children. In this context, the European Council takes note of the arrest warrants recently issued by the International Criminal Court against the Russian President and his Commissioner for Children's Rights for the war crime of unlawfully transferring Ukrainian children from occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.

4. Russia must immediately cease actions that jeopardize the safety and security of civilian nuclear facilities in Ukraine. The European Union fully supports the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

5. the European Union is determined to ensure that those responsible for war crimes and other most serious crimes related to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine are held fully accountable, including through the establishment of an appropriate mechanism for the prosecution of the crime of aggression affecting the international community as a whole. In this context, the European Council welcomes the agreement to establish an International Center for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine in The Hague, which will be linked to the existing Joint Investigation Team supported by Eurojust. It reiterates its support for the investigations of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The European Council welcomes the upcoming negotiations on a new Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and Other International Crimes.

6. the European Union remains determined to maintain and increase collective pressure on Russia, including through possible further restrictive measures, and to continue working with partners on the oil price ceiling. The European Council underlines the importance and urgency of stepping up efforts to ensure the effective implementation of sanctions at the European and national levels, and is firmly committed to effectively preventing and combating the circumvention of sanctions in third countries and by third countries. The European Council invites the Council and the Commission to strengthen all necessary enforcement tools and to develop with Member States a fully coordinated approach to this end. The European Union will intensify its cooperation with partners to counter false Russian narratives and disinformation about the war.

The European Union stands firmly and fully alongside Ukraine and will continue to provide strong political, economic, military, financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its people for as long as it is needed. The European Union as well as Member States are intensifying efforts to help meet Ukraine's urgent military and defense needs. Taking into account the security and defense interests of all Member States, the European Council welcomes the Council's agreement to urgently provide Ukraine with surface-to-surface and artillery ammunition and, if requested, missiles, including through joint procurement and the mobilization of appropriate financial resources, including through the European Peace Facility, thereby providing one million artillery shells in a joint effort within the next twelve months, without prejudice to the specific character of the security and defense policies of certain Member States.

8. the European Union remains committed to supporting, together with international partners, repair, recovery and reconstruction in Ukraine. In this context, the European Council reiterates the EU's full support for the establishment of an international mechanism to document the damage caused by Russia. Together with partners, the European Union will continue to intensify efforts to use frozen and immobilized Russian assets for reconstruction in Ukraine and for the purpose of reparation, in accordance with Union and international law.

9. in line with its previous conclusions, in particular those of 23-24 June 2022, the European Council welcomes Ukraine's commitment and reform efforts and underlines the importance of Ukraine's EU accession process.

The European Union will continue to provide all relevant assistance to the Republic of Moldova, including to strengthen the country's resilience, security, stability, economy and energy supply in the face of destabilizing actions by external actors, as well as support on its path towards accession to the European Union. The European Council invites the Commission to present a package of assistance before its next meeting.

The European Council condemns the continued military support for Russia's war of aggression by Iran and Belarus. It urges all countries not to provide material or other support to Russia's war of aggression.

12. Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and use of food as a weapon has undermined global food security. In this context, the European Council takes note of the extension of the UN Black Sea Grains Initiative. This initiative, the EU Solidarity Corridors and the Ukrainian Grains from Ukraine initiative are making a crucial contribution to strengthening global food security. The European Council stresses the need to ensure the continued availability and affordability of agricultural products for the countries most in need.

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Posted by Petr Kirpeit

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