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Naledi Pandor ‘Choosing side over Russia-Ukraine Conflict’

The Minister of International Relations Affairs 'Naledi Pandor' gave her replies over South Africa choosing side between Russia and Ukraine

This was the message from International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor, announcing all parties should come to the table.

Pandor, who was replying to a written query in Parliament from Mkhuleko Hlengwa of the IFP on Friday, stated South Africa has bilateral relations with Russia and Ukraine.

She stated the country has constantly been in favour of a non violent solution to the war in Ukraine.

She added that SA has also been encouraging all sides in numerous platforms to discover a solution and keep away from the escalation of the war.

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Hundreds of people have been killed in the conflict, with thousands injured and over one million crossing the border to Poland, Hungary, Moldova and other countries in Europe to flee the conflict.

Pandor stated it was withinside the interest of all countries to discover a solution.

“South Africa is continuing to inspire all the parties, thru quiet diplomacy, within all relevant international mechanisms, which includes the United Nations (UN) such as Brics, to reinforce all diplomatic efforts to keep away from an escalation of tensions, and work toward an inclusive, sustainable and non violent solution primarily based totally on cooperation and communicate.

“In this regard, South Africa encourages all parties to technique talk with the spirit of compromise so as to move the process ahead with out accusing any party, some thing that will not be useful in the efforts to clear up the war.

“South Africa stands through its principled role of peaceful resolution of conflicts. South Africa reiterates the responsibility of all the parties to fully enforce all of their respective commitments under the Minsk Agreements, which give the most promising roadmap for the non violent settlement of the current hostilities, which includes in eastern Ukraine, and to improve the motive of peace and balance in the broader region.

“South Africa can not be seen to be taking sides in the war as this is going in opposition to her principle/s. In addition, South Africa has good bilateral relations with both countries. It would, therefore, be unwise to take a different position that would compromise these bilateral relations,” said Pandor.


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