Monday, 3 March 2014

Green Party motion on Ukraine

This has just been passed at Green Party conference in Liverpool

Noting with grave concern the recent bloodshed in the Ukraine, and the incursions by Russian forces into Ukrainian territory, calls on the Green Party executive and, where possible, our elected representatives, to

Call on every state involved in the region and beyond to show restraint and not take any steps that would heighten tensions and increase the risk of military conflict

Call on the Russian Federation to abide by international law and to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence

Call on Russia and Ukraine to work to ensure that legitimate concerns are addressed through dialogue.

Call on Russia to respect the rights of anti-war protestors within its borders to conduct peaceful protests without harassment.

Indicate support for the constitutional majority formed in the Verkhovna Rada, which could provide the basis for the beginning of a national dialogue involving all the democratic components of Ukrainian society, with a view to achieving genuine reconciliation between the parties.

Call on the Ukrainian Parliament and any incoming government to protect the rights of minorities in the country and the use of minority language.

Call on the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the OSCE/ODIHR to provide immediate support to the Ukranian Parliament during the current crisis to support dialogue with the Russian Federation and to ensure that new elections can be held according to the highest standards to produce a fully legitimate result.

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