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50 Countries To Join Ukraine’s Peace Summit In Switzerland

A peace summit aimed at ending the war in Ukraine is set for mid-June in Switzerland. Over 50 countries have now confirmed their attendance.

Central to the summit’s agenda is the development of a unified plan based on Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s 10-point peace formula, which emphasizes the imperative of a complete Russian withdrawal. Serhii Nykyforov, a spokesperson for President Zelenskyy, announced on May 3 that attending nations will collaborate to draft and submit this comprehensive peace plan to Russia.

Efforts are underway to broaden participation, with organizers particularly keen on securing representation from additional countries to ensure diverse perspectives in discussions on achieving peace in Ukraine. Nicolas Bideau, head of communications at the Swiss Foreign Ministry, emphasized ongoing diplomatic endeavors to encourage countries that have yet to confirm their attendance.

Among the fifty delegations already confirmed are high-profile figures such as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Russia was not extended an invitation due to its consistent disinterest in participating. However, Bideau clarified that one of the conference’s objectives is to explore avenues for involving Moscow in the process. While the Bürgenstock summit may not directly negotiate peace, its aim is to initiate a constructive dialogue with Russia, underscoring ongoing efforts to engage all stakeholders in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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