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[2022-01-27] The Elders warn civilians will pay the price if diplomacy fails in Ukraine crisis

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The Elders today warned that innocent civilians will pay the price for political failure if the current tensions over Ukraine continue to escalate, and urged all parties to work in good faith for a peaceful solution through dialogue.

Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, said

“This crisis cannot and must not be resolved through the use of force. It would be a moral outrage if innocent civilians who have already suffered in the past paid the price for a failure of diplomacy. Resolution of the Ukraine crisis requires both current tensions and their root causes to be addressed. Russia’s concerns can be heard without the threat of war. This is a test that diplomacy must not fail.”

The first thing necessary to diffuse the tension is for President Putin to reverse the build-up of troops on Russia’s Ukrainian border. Further escalation leading to military action will cause needless deaths, create long-term insecurity for all parties, and have destabilising consequences beyond Ukraine.