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strana | 92 countries and 8 organizations will take part in the Swiss[-Ukrainian] peace Summit, 14 June hmmm
Meanwhile, Vladimir Zelensky has already arrived in Switzerland to participate in the summit, as he wrote in his social networks.
archive May 2024 Slava Big Israel!, casting call UPDATE
strana | Zelensk* meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi at G7 summit in Italy
"We discussed the development of bilateral relations and the expansion of trade, in particular in the context of the functioning of the Black Sea export corridor. We considered the possibility of exchanging experience in using new technologies in agriculture, " Zelensk* writes.
eda.ch | List of participating states and organisations (as of 14 June 2024)
Kapoor, Pavan (India 2024 MEA Sec. West, Amb. to Russia (2021-2024), UAE (2019-2021), IL (2016-2019)
They also talked about the upcoming peace summit in Switzerland, where India will send a delegation, but it is not clear who exactly.
archive "high-level" schedule conflict

Yermak's "global south" hit list is conspicuously...not intimidated. BUT. Every EU member, wannabe, and eNTiTY—"the whole world"—is booked. The next host for Zelensk*'s "debt-raising" roadshow best stick "strategic ambiguity" on the promos for the next  OUTREACH Summit 2024 v. < checks watch > 5.

Stay tuned. eda.CH just might livestream sessions to YouTube.

by Cat on Fri Jun 14th, 2024 at 08:23:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 11:02:58 PM EST
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alkhaleej.ae | Why the UAE did not sign, 18 June adjustment bureaus
Because the conference, hosted by Switzerland on June 15 and 16, with the presence of more than 90 delegations from different countries of the world, carried the slogan "peace in Ukraine". And because the items of the statement issued by [them] are difficult to achieve, in order to achieve the goal of achieving peace, with the absence of Russia from the conference, which is a key party to the war.

[B]ecause many of the countries that participated in the conference take a neutral positive position on the war, and play a mediation role between Russia and Ukraine, and play a positive role in finding a solution to the crisis, including the UAE, they chose not to sign the final statement of the conference, in addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Brazil, South Africa, and India, Indonesia, Mexico, Armenia, Libya, Colombia, Vatican, Jordan, Iraq.

With respect to Rwanda also 2 retracting communique approval (1), (2), other eda.CH program "irregularities" have surfaced. The communique was prepared without all participant consultation. (note Gustavo Petro's and Harris' abrupt D1 departures.) Third-country rumors suggest, all participants were automatically added to the list of signatories (eda.ch display, above, which could be mistaken for lounge decor). Some state representative were not informed that eda.cha required application submission to retract their country indicia from the communique. And eda did not conduct a procedural vote on final communique. AFIACT, eda.CH has neither confirmed nor denied authenticity of listed signatories but has issued a revised list, replacing Rwanda with Ecumenical Patriarchate. The complete list of participant states and "observers" who withheld and withdrew communique approval appears to be 17 (UAE list + Rwanda, Mauritania, OAS). Whether fait accompli or forgery this event failed to accomplish stated purposes of conference organizers.
by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 08:01:26 PM EST
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strana | The Caribbean offshore joined the Swiss peace declaration after the summit, 19 June
The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda joined the Swiss peace declaration, although its representatives were not present at the summit in Burgenstock. This is reported by Vladimir Zelensk* on his page in the social network.
Shortly after Zelensk*'s publication, the Swiss government announced that the Organization of American States [OAS] had joined the peace declaration, increasing the number of states and organizations that supported the communique to 84 [?].
Slava Big Israel!
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 03:32:52 PM EST
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swissinfo.ch | 'Real peace closer for Ukraine' despite lack of consensus at Swiss summit (16.06.24)
Eighty-four [?] out of around [92] states and [8 eNTiTIeS*] at the Ukraine peace conference in Switzerland have agreed on a final declaration. However, Swiss President Viola Amherd acknowledged there was no agreement on how and when Russia should be involved.Participating countries that did not sign the final [3-point] communique included Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. Brazil, which was listed as an "observer" on the list of attendees, also did not feature as a signatory.
*  Council of Europe, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, OAS, OSCE, observers: UN (DiCarlo), Ecumenical Patriarchate (UA). bold face denotes signatory.
However, initial reactions were somewhat muted. "Expectations of the meeting with 57 heads of state and government were modest—and they underwhelmed rather than overwhelmed," reckoned Sebastian Ramspeck, international correspondent for Swiss public broadcaster, SRF.

"Particularly disappointing for Switzerland as host: there's no follow-up summit in another host country for the time being. Whether the Bürgenstock summit has initiated a peace process is therefore more than questionable."

ChatGPT | 78 countries at Swiss conference agree Ukraine's territorial integrity must be basis of any peace, 16 June
About 100 delegations, mostly Western countries, attended the conference that was billed as a first step toward peace.
Testifying to war fatigue and other preoccupations, only about half of U.N. member countries took part. It's a far cry from March 2022, when condemnation of Russia's invasion led to passage of a non-binding resolution at the U.N. General Assembly by 141 countries calling for Russian troops to leave Ukraine.
A/RES/ES-11/1 (2022/141-5-35)  and A/RES/ES-11/6 (2023/94-14-73)
It wasn't clear why some developing countries attending didn't line up behind the final statement, but they may be hesitant to rankle Russia or have cultivated a middle ground between Moscow, its ally China and Western powers backing Kyiv.

"Some did not sign—even though very few—since they are playing 'Let's have peace based on concessions' game, and they usually mean concessions by Ukraine, and basically accommodating Russian demands," said Volodymyr Dubovyk, a Ukraine expert and senior fellow at Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington-based think tank. "They also like this 'neutrality positioning'."

meaning no weapons, boots to donate, no USD to lend, and no licenses to validate?
The Ukrainian government believes that 19,546 [?] children have been deported or forcibly displaced, and Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova previously confirmed that at least 2,000 were taken from Ukrainian orphanages.
archive Data Sources and Manipulation?
Memorable Quote
Andrzej Duda: "Russia remains the largest colonial empire in the world, which—unlike European states—has never gone through the process of decolonization and has never been able to deal with the demons of its past"
Start with Findland, end with "overseas territories and possessions"
by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 11:40:18 PM EST
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nypost | Kamala Harris zips back to DC after blink-and-miss-it appearance at Ukraine Peace Summit, 15 June
Harris told Kyiv's delegation, which included Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, that the largest chunk of the funding would help restore Ukraine's energy infrastructure, which Russian forces have relentlessly targeted.
"President Biden and my support for the people of Ukraine ... not out of charity, but because of the people of Ukraine and their future is in our strategic interest," Harris said. "It is in the interest of the United States to defend democratic values and stand up to dictators."
one day early and "ten to twelve trillion dollars" short
Harris intends to leave the summit after a leaders' dinner Saturday evening, according to the White House, but told reporters that the gathering has already been "productive."

"Jeddah Jake" Sullivan remained in Switzerland at the luxury Bürgenstock hotel home to take part in the summit in her place. He insisted Harris is not the only leader to skip out on Sunday's events, which will including break-out sessions to work on key issues, such as ways to secure the release of < wipes tears > kidnapped Ukrainian children in Russia's custody.

"Tomorrow is really—and it's not just with her, but other leaders, as well—turning it over to their teams to really try to drive through how we convert [the issues discussed] into practical progress in these various areas," said Sullivan, whose hotel sits atop a steep mountain dotted with sheep, and overlooks the beautiful Lake Lucerne below.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 03:15:17 PM EST
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pravda.ua | Switzerland seeks discussing Peace Summit with Russia and China
Asked whether Putin's arrival in Switzerland can be organised taking into account the arrest warrant of the ICC for further negotiations and, perhaps, conference on the peace in Ukraine, Amherd said that it was possible.

ukrinform. President's Office investigating whether some countries really withdrew their signatures

Lack of ratification of security agreement between USA and Ukraine will not affect its implementation

Merezhko noted that for American Presidents, so-called executive agreements are a more convenient tool for regulating international relations than those international treaties that, according to the US Constitution, require ratification, that is, the consent of two-thirds of the US Senate.
Putin's allies at Peace Summit make offer to help Ukraine
Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets noted that offers of help unexpectedly came even from countries that are considered pro-russian. These states offered their channels of communication with the Russian Federation. The Ombudsman did not specify which countries made such proposals.
The next summit with the participation of Russia should lead to the end of the war
"This is not the language that we hear from our Western partners," the Foreign Minister said.
by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:40:38 AM EST
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