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Statement from the NPRU --Ukraine

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Statement of the National Platform for Reconciliation and Unity in Ukraine (NPRU)

An Appeal from a Coalition of Ukrainian Associations

Events in Ukraine are unfolding rapidly and catastrophically. The National Platform for Reconciliation and Unity (NPRU) had warned about a possible war for years, which it has tried to prevent. In collaboration with The International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue (ICDD), its representatives hope to engage the current discussions in a positive fashion.

The NPRU is an umbrella organization of numerous organizations from Ukrainian civil society, and we respectfully ask the Presidents of the United States, Ukraine and the Russian Federation to consider our proposals and accept our help.

We propose:

A general negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine that will rest on four pillars and provide mutual benefits with respect to:

1ï . security,

2ï . regulation,

3ï . democracy,

4ï . restoration - consolidation.

An international treaty sponsored by the UN Security Council that would provide security guarantees, facilitate the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Ukraine in exchange for neutrality; remove l all restrictions on economic, political and cultural work; clarify the prospects for Ukraine's entry into the European Union; and specify the possibilities of joint financing for the restoration of Ukraine.

The naming of a Special American Envoy to Ukraine

The initiation of a summit between the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

More specifically we suggest:

1. Creating an international commission to oversee Ukraine's stabilization and reconstruction.

2. Settling the conflict over the Donbass according to the guidelines of the second Minsk Agreements

3. Signing a treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation "On Settlement" to replace the expired agreement "On Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership." This would speak to military, political, economic, social, and humanitarian issues of mutual interest.

4. Launching an all-Ukrainian political dialogue for liberalizing social life and education with respect to history, language ,and religion. The ultimate aim of this dialogue would be to aid in the reunification of Ukraine through scientific reports, discussions among representatives of various government bodies and councils, human rights activists, and youth organizations.

5. Beginning a "horizontal" and ongoing dialogue between representatives of key social groups in Ukraine, the Russian Federation and Donbass - public diplomacy - between teachers, doctors, employees of communal structures, pensioners, leaders of organizations involved in the social protection of citizens in order to develop solidarity among citizens.

NPRU and ICDD are ready to assist in organizing negotiations, developing policies, and producing documents relevant to these undertakings.

All of us have the task of facing present challenges and preparing for future tasks. We hope to contribute in any way that we can

Ukrainian Signatories

- Interparliamentary group 'National Platform for Reconciliation and Unity of Ukraine" - Viktoria Gryb; - NGO National Platform for Reconciliation and Unity of Ukraine - Sergej Sivoho; - Think-tank "Ukrainian Institute of Politics" - Ruslan Bortnik; - Human Rights Organisation "Common Goal" - Igor Pechenkin; - Non Profit group of Organizations "Save Shirokino" - Luhansk Center for Social and Cultural development " Big Family".

Special Envoys:

Professor Stephen Bronner Mr. Eric Gozlan, Dr. Valery Engel : International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue

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STEPHEN ERIC BRONNER received his B.A. from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of California: Berkeley. Member of over a dozen editorial boards, Professor Bronner has also worked with US Academics for Peace and Conscience (more...)
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