South Africa calls on Russia to immediately withdraw troops from Ukraine

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement that the South African government has advocated for a peaceful end to the intensifying conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
South Africa has expressed its dismay at the development of the war in Ukraine, claiming that the situation has worsened despite international pleas for diplomacy to prevail.
“Armed conflict will undoubtedly cause human pain and damage, with ramifications that will not just affect Ukraine but also the rest of the world.”
“This battle has affected every country in the world.”
As the UN Secretary-General has indicated, the conflict will have a huge impact on the global economy in a moment when we are emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, and so many developing countries need to have space for the recovery.
“South Africa calls on Russia to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukraine in line with the United Nations Charter, which enjoins all member states to settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice are not endangered.
“South Africa emphasises respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.
“As a nation birthed through negotiation, South Africa is always appreciative of the potential dialogue has in averting a crisis and de-escalating conflict.
In line with our strong commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflict, South Africa urges all parties to devote increased efforts to diplomacy and to find a solution that will help avert further escalation,” it said.
It added that the door of diplomacy should never be closed, even as conflict has broken out, and urged all parties to approach the situation in a spirit of compromise, with all sides respecting international law.
“In light of the escalating conflict, we call on all parties to resume diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the concerns raised by Russia,” the statement read.
Furthermore, South Africa made a call on all parties to uphold and protect human rights and abide by their obligations in terms of international law and international humanitarian law.
“South Africa continues to support and encourage regional initiatives such as the Minsk Agreements, and we welcome the work of the Normandy Format, the Trilateral Contact Group, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).”

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