Iryna Vereshchuk attended a meeting with foreign ambassadors on the implementation of President Zelensky’s peace plan

Опубліковано 20 August 2023 року, о 18:32

In particular, it was about implementing their fourth point – the release of all prisoners and deportees, especially returning illegally abducted children.

Those attending the event were Dmytro Lubinets, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Main Intelligence Directorate, and the Ministry of Defense. Guests included representatives from the embassies of Japan, the Vatican, Spain, Denmark, France, South Africa, Turkey, Latvia, Norway, Algeria, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, India, and Poland: the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and EU delegations.

The Ukrainian side appealed to representatives of foreign countries and international organizations with a proposal to participate in the development of mechanisms to help our fellow citizens return to their homeland. Firstly, orphans and abandoned children.

The first step in this process could be assistance in obtaining lists of such children from russia with information on their whereabouts in russia and belarus.  Together with international partners, step-by-step actions will also be developed. They must ensure that the rights of Ukrainian prisoners of war are respected and facilitate the return of our civilian hostages and political prisoners from the temporarily occupied territories.

To achieve this goal, the international community is invited to consider the initiative to establish an International Center for Conflict Resolution in Ukraine. The Center can become a place of accumulation of Ukrainian and international experience in dealing with similar situations.

“All the experience so far convinces us that we need an effective mechanism to return our civilians. Especially women and children. We must work together to develop algorithms that will allow us, together with the international community, to stop and prevent further violations of their vital rights,” said Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.