New hope in Ukraine

“Following several days of violence that has shocked the world, it is very encouraging that the parties have today reached agreement on a way out of the crisis. If implemented successfully, the agreement could mark an important step towards democracy and reconciliation in Ukraine,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

“Following several days of violence that has shocked the world, it is very encouraging that the parties have today reached agreement on a way out of the crisis. If implemented successfully, the agreement could mark an important step towards democracy and reconciliation in Ukraine,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

On 21 February 2014, the parties to the conflict signed an agreement, following over 20 hours of negotiations that were facilitated by the foreign ministers of France, Poland and Germany with the participation of a special representative from Russia. As a first step in implementing the agreement, Ukraine’s parliament approved the immediate restoration of the 2004 constitution. It is crucial that a national unity government that enjoys broad support is now formed. New presidential elections are due to be held by December.  

“The full implementation of this agreement is essential if Ukraine is to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the country. The agreement is also a victory for international diplomacy, which helped bring it about,” Mr Brende said.   

It is also vital that those responsible for the violence are brought to justice.

“Justice and reconciliation will be two important themes in the time ahead. The Council of Europe International Advisory Panel has an important role to play in this context,” Mr Brende said.