The crisis in Ukraine receives less attention in the media even though it is not solved before long. Ukrainian people are still under pressure because of Russian backed armed groups and since last year in April more than 6000 people have died. Their cry for help should not be silenced and ECPM has adopted a resolution that voices some of the concerns and solutions needed for this country. On the 29th of May 2015 during the ECPM General Assembly George Rukhadze, ECPM vice president has presented the resolution on behalf of CDU Ukraine, ECPM member. The ECPM members have voted in favour of this resolution. Please read below the resolution as it was voted during the GA:
(Accepted by the ECPM members on the 29th of May 2015 during the ECPM General Assembly)
General Assembly of the European Christian Political Movement:
1. Is deeply concerned over the current situation in Ukraine, where estimated number of people killed since April 2014 exceeded 6,000, while over 1 million people have been internally displaced and are in urgent need of housing, jobs and social rehabilitation.
2. Expresses strong support to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, its people and government, which today are striving to overcome the dual challenge of regaining control of their territory against Russian backed armed groups and engaging long awaited internal structural reforms.
3. Strongly condemns Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its financial, military and technical assistance to pro-Russian forces in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which threaten Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, destabilize regional stability and security in Europe and undermine the world order based on respect for international law.
4. Calls on Russian Federation to fully implement the Minsk agreement, start the withdrawal of all foreign troops and weapons from the territory of Ukraine and return to full compliance with its international and bilateral treaty obligations under the UN Charter, the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum) and the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
5. Deplores the violations of human rights which have increased in Ukraine, especially in Crimea and in conflict affected territories. Supports President's Petro Poroshenko appeal for the international peacekeeping mission in Ukraine. Insists on immediate full access of the OSCE SMM to the entire territory of eastern Ukraine and to Ukrainian-Russian state border.
6. Stresses the importance of the fulfillment of all the provisions of the Minsk agreements, which currently remain the only internationally recognized framework for a peaceful settlement, and urges all parties to pursue the peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine through international mediation efforts aimed at the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country and the re-establishment of the government authority throughout the national territory without any exception in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.
7. Urges the EU and G7 leaders as well as international community to condemn Russia’s illegal actions and increase political, diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow to compel it to fulfill its obligations.