Zelensky announces a second Peace Summit: Some countries have already expressed their willingness to host

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, (L) speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the Peace Summit/EPA/EFE

After the two-day Ukrainian peace summit in Switzerland, a second meeting should soon follow, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said before the end of the session.

Preparations for this should take only a few months, not years, Zelensky said after representatives of a hundred countries and some organizations gathered at the mountain hotel resort of Buergenstock near Lucerne.

"Some countries have already expressed their willingness to host such a summit," Zelensky said.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that a prerequisite for Russia's participation in the summit would be Moscow's commitment to the UN Charter.

The final declaration of the summit, signed by 80 countries, does not mention the next conference.

Swiss President Viola Amherd said different perspectives were presented at the conference, but stressed that it was only the first high-level discussion on the peace process. She also said that certain essential preconditions have been created for the path to ending the war in Ukraine.

"The fact that the vast majority of the countries present agreed to the Burgenstock announcement shows what diplomacy and patient work can achieve," Amherd added.

Russia was not invited to this event, but showed no interest in participating. At the same time, the summit was an attempt by the West to include other countries, such as those from South America, Asia and Africa, in peace efforts based on international law.

Ukraine called for a "just and lasting" peace, and Ukrainian President Zelensky said China should take its peace proposals on how to end the war with Russia directly to Ukraine, rather than through the media.

Peace requires dialogue from both sides – messages from the Peace Summit in Switzerland

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