• Tuesday, 09 July 2024

Compromises with international law can compromise European and global peace, Siljanovska Davkova tells Ukraine peace summit

Compromises with international law can compromise European and global peace, Siljanovska Davkova tells Ukraine peace summit

Skopje, 16 June 2024 (MIA) - President Gordana Siljanovska Davkova told a plenary session at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine on Sunday that the war in Ukraine is a concern for all.

President Siljanovska Davkova said Ukraine is exposed to enormous human suffering and destruction, that European security architecture is under threat, and the lives of millions of people across the globe are impacted by the severe economic consequences.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprovoked and unjustified aggressive war and support Ukraine in the best possible way, even more than our limited capacities and resources allow for," said Siljanovska Davkova.

Our country, said the President, has joined the Crimean Platform and is fully aligned with the EU Foreign Common and Security Policy, whereas Ukraine was the main priority during the Macedonian Chairpersonship with OSCE in 2023.

She noted that in humanitarian terms, the country joined the international coalition for the return of Ukrainian children and ensured civilian support and urgent aid for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, while sending military equipment though the NATO Comprehensive Assistance Package.

"As a sovereign nation, only Ukraine can decide on its future. It depends on Ukraine when and how it will engage Russia over a possible coordinated scenario. Just peace must be rooted in the principles of the UN Charter of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia's attempt to acquire territory by force is a flagrant violation of these fundamental principles. When dangerous precedents remain unchallenged, they can turn into tolerated practices. Compromises with international law and principles can compromise European and global peace and security. The only way to avoid this is to respect the UN Charter and the principles of international law, without any exception," said Siljanovska Davkova.

She said restraint from using force, respect to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, as well as protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are solid principles that are non-negotiable.

Siljanovska Davkova added that while the framework for a future peace agreement is developed, "we will continue to support a free, independent, democratic and sovereign Ukraine", the President's Office said in a press release.

Photo: President's Office