Ghana calls for an immediate end to the violence in Ukraine

Ghana calls for an immediate end to the violence in Ukraine

Ghana has expressed worry about the indiscriminate attacks in populous civilian areas in Ukraine. The Ghanaian delegation at the United Nations Security Council expressed the nation’s discomfort with the situation during an emergency meeting of the council on February 28th 2022.

Ghana is therefore appealing for an end to the violence in Eastern Europe, a situation that has left forced over half a million people into other countries as refugees.

“Ghana calls for the immediate and unconditional cessation of the hostilities which have resulted in the current humanitarian crisis and urges the parties to refrain from further attacks of civilians and civilian infrastructure in accordance with humanitarian laws,” Carolyn Oppong-Ntiri, Ghana’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN said in a statement read during the meeting.

“We strongly call on the parties to grant unfettered access to humanitarian agencies and to guarantee their protection and safety.”

The invasion by Russia which started on Thursday dawn has now entered day six with at least 100 civilians including children reported dead with thousands of others injured. Many have fled their homes in order to seek safety across the border in neighbouring countries.

Mrs Oppong-Ntiri called for “the safe passage of all civilians caught up in the war and who desire to leave Ukraine”.

 Ghana is also encouraging neighbouring countries “to facilitate the free passage of persons fleeing the war, without discrimination, and provide them with humanitarian assistance, including medical care in line with the principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality”.

Prior to the invasion by Russia on Thursday, Ghana has expressed its strong support for Ukraine’s peace saying, “The situation has implications not only for Ukraine and its immediate neighbours but also for all our countries”.

“Security is indivisible and the insecurity of one is the insecurity of all,” Ghana’s Permanent Representative at the UN Harold Adlai Agyeman stated on Wednesday, February 23

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