Scholz expects significant progress at Global Peace Summit in Switzerland - German media

Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees potential in the Global Peace Summit on Ukraine scheduled to be held in Switzerland on June 15-16, the German outlet Tagesschau reported on May 11.

"Even if the really big question of peace is not discussed at first, but rather issues that are also part of it, it would be a significant step. This could then be developed further," Scholz said at an event organized by the RND newspaper group in Potsdam.

He also expressed hope that Arab countries, India, South Africa, Brazil, and China would also participate in the summit.

On May 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the first Global Peace Summit would serve as a platform to discuss ways to achieve comprehensive, just, and lasting peace for Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter and international law.

Global Peace Summit in Switzerland

Preparations for the summit were announced on January 15 by Zelenskyy and Swiss President Viola Amherd. Bloomberg reports that 80 to 100 countries are expected to participate in the event aimed at forging a common understanding of how to achieve a comprehensive and just peace for Ukraine.

Notable attendees may include U.S. President Joe Biden, and French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed France's involvement, citing close collaboration with nations dedicated to fostering peace under international law.

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However, amidst these preparations, Zelenskyy raised concerns on April 24 about potential disruptions by Russia, describing it as a terrorist state aiming to hinder the peace efforts. Consequently, Russian representatives have not been invited to the summit, as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba explained on May 1, due to doubts about Russia's commitment to genuine peace efforts.

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