EYCA resolution on Ukraine situation
On Thursday 20 February 2014, the Steering Committee of EYCA - the European Year of Citizenship Alliance - declared that “Ukrainian citizens should not have to choose between giving-up their expectations and entering a civil war.”
We are therefore deeply concerned by recent developments in Ukraine, especially over the previous two days. The claims by a permanent member of the UN Security Council that it has a “duty” to intervene militarily inside an independent Ukraine is not in the interests of the people of Ukraine or the Crimea.
As representatives of organized civil society in the European Union, we believe that the descent into a military confrontation would have an impact on the interests of citizens in both Russia and Ukraine, especially in the areas of democracy, transparency, solidarity, social equity and social inclusion. We support the present Ukrainian civil society organizations’ mobilisation to deliver these core objectives.
With this in mind, we urge the international community, EU leaders, European and national leaders, to take strong and immediate action to reinforce a peaceful resolution on Ukraine’s future. The decisions of the EU institutions should support the expectations of civil society and their involvement in fostering the democratic process to make this country a key stakeholder in the future of Europe.
For us, there is no legitimate alternative to respecting the spirit and the letter of international legal frameworks. We condemn any invasion by foreign troops into Ukrainian territory.