Fijian President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has reaffirmed Fiji’s support in finding a peaceful solution to the war by Russia against Ukraine.

At a bilateral meeting with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Katonivere emphasised that his presence at the first ever “Summit on Peace in Ukraine” signifies Fiji’s high-level support to Ukraine and its commitment to ending the war and finding a peaceful solution for Ukrainians and the global communities.

President Katonivere highlighted that Fiji is doing its part in relation to the international actions imposed on Russia.

He stated that other than voting in support of the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions calling for the immediate withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine, Fiji has also cooperated with the international community, particularly the United States of America to seize a Russian superyacht linked to a sanctioned oligarch.

“Fiji acknowledges the extensive global repercussions of the conflict including its influence on the Pacific region.

“We commend your leadership and the resilience of the Ukrainian people.

“You can continue to count on Fiji’s support.”

President Zelenskyy welcomed Fiji’s participation at the Summit and for its support towards the peace talks.

Meanwhile, Palau’s President Surangel Whipps, Jr joined other leaders from around the world at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine held in Switzerland on 15-16 June.

Swiss President Viola Amherd hosted the conference.

Photo: Office of the President, Republic of Palau

President Whipps, in a statement, talked about the need for world order.
“Through the lens of history, we see sobering reminders of the dangers posed by appeasement and concession to aggressive powers,” President Whipps said.

“It is imperative that we learn from the mistakes of the past and stand firm in our resolve to prevent history from repeating itself. It is imperative that we work collectively to secure a just resolution to the war on Ukraine — not only one in which Ukraine’s territorial integrity is maintained, but also one in which victims of the many grave violations that have been committed are able to obtain justice and redress.”

On the margins of the summit, President Whipps and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, of Ukraine, held a meeting, marking the first high-level contact between our two nations.

The two leaders witnessed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of State of Palau Gustav Aitaro sign a Joint Communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations.

President Zelenskyy thanked President Whipps for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and invited Palau to join the implementation of the “Environmental Security” point of the Peace Formula.

“It is very important that you found the opportunity to come to the Peace Summit. Thank you for your clear position. The issues discussed at the Summit are important not only for Europe but also for the whole world,” the President of Ukraine said.