Pretoria – African Peace Initiative preparations for talks to end the conflict in Ukraine have been stepped up.
“Yesterday, (5 June 2023), President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted his counterparts that will be involved in the African Peace Initiative with regard to the war in Ukraine,” the SA Presidency said Tuesday.
Participants included the Comoros Islands President and current President of the African Union Othman Ghazali, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Senegal President Macky Sall, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, and Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema.
“The Heads of State deliberated on the devastating impact the war has had on the people of Ukraine and Russia as well as the threats this war poses to Europe and indeed the rest of the world if it continues,” the Presidency said.
“The leaders agreed that they would engage with both President Putin and President Zelensky on the elements for a ceasefire and a lasting peace in the region.
“The foreign ministers of the respective countries were tasked to finalise the elements of a road map to peace.
“The Presidents confirmed their availability to travel to Ukraine and Russia in mid-June.”