Pacific Elders condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine


A group of Pacific Elders has unconditionally condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Pacific Elders are deeply concerned that the invasion heightens the risk of nuclear war and have asked all Pacific Island countries to hold a special day of prayer for peace.

“This invasion will only exacerbate military tensions in the region and are likely to cause economic disruptions to the people of the Pacific.

“We are deeply concerned that this invasion heightens the risk of nuclear war.

“We ask that all Pacific Island countries hold a special day of prayer for peace.

“We ask that all faiths within our region pray together and hold a day of fasting and reflection on the injustice that is being perpetrated on the people of Ukraine. We pray for peace and for all those who are being persecuted for their stance on peace,” the Pacific Elders said in a statement.

The Pacific Elders’ Voice is an independent group of Pacific people who have been leaders in the region. Their purpose is to provide guidance and advice that will strengthen Pacific resilience to current and future environmental, security, and human rights threats.

They provide constructive policy inputs for current and future challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific.