Cease fire and open negotiations “without delay;” African union to Russia and Ukraine

African Union (AU) has called on the two feuding parties, Russia and Ukraine to cease fire and open negotiations ‘without delay’. The Pan African body released the statement at the backdrop of Russia’s advances in Ukraine.

In the statement which is available on the official website, the AU said, “the current Chair of the African Union and President of Senegal, president Macky Sall, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, express their extreme concern at the very serious and dangerous situation created in Ukraine.”

The body further added that, they “call on the Russian Federation and any other regional or international actor to imperatively respect international law, the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Ukraine.”

“The Chair of the African Union and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission urge the two Parties to establish an immediate ceasefire and to open political negotiations without delay under the auspices of the United Nations.”

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This the AU said will “preserve the world from the consequences of planetary conflict.” According to the statement, the call is also in the interests of peace and stability in international relations in service of all the peoples of the world.

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