End the War in Ukraine
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End the War in Ukraine


11 March 2022

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week more than 60 members, including former prime ministers, foreign ministers, ambassadors and military figures, signed a statement calling for an end to the war in Ukraine. We share wide-ranging analysis of the conflict by network members including the latest APLN-Korea Times column by APLN member, Ramesh Thakur. Finally, concerns over nuclear use in the conflict highlight the need to resolve issues within the global non-proliferation and disarmament regime, the topic of this week’s special report by APLN member Abe Nobuyasu.

APLN this week issued a group statement calling for an end to the war in Ukraine signed by over 60 senior political, diplomatic, military, and expert figures from across the Asia-Pacific. The statement is issued only in the names of the signatories and is available in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian.See the full statement below and the list of signatories on our website.

“We call for an immediate end to Russia’s legally and morally indefensible aggression against Ukraine. Internationally agreed principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of national borders, and non-interference in the internal affairs of states must be respected.

For as long as it continues, the war in Ukraine risks nuclear escalation with catastrophic global consequences. We call on the P5 to stand by their recent joint statement that ‘a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought’. Nuclear-armed powers must maintain restraint. Events in Europe prove that we need to work harder and faster to ensure that nuclear weapons are put beyond use and eventually eliminated. Nuclear threats are a violation of international law and cannot and must not be abided.

The worsening humanitarian crisis demands immediate action. For the sake of the victims of this war – the dead, the injured, the displaced, and the suffering – we ask that politicians remember their humanity. Those in need require prompt, safe and unfettered access to humanitarian aid. We urge political leaders to show courage and take the necessary steps to end hostilities and pursue a political solution to the war.”

See full list of signatories

The Washington Post: Asia-Pacific leaders warn of nuclear risk as they condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine The Washington Post reports on this week’s APLN group statement on the war in Ukraine.

Newstalk ZB: Helen Clark: No One’s Listening at the Moment
APLN Member and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, commented on the statement, and the war in Ukraine.

Ramesh Thakur writes in this week’s APLN-Korea Times Column that the since its inception the APLN approach to tackling nuclear threats has been threefold: first, the imperative to hold firm against proliferation; second, the matching importance of credible steps toward disarmament; and third, defusing geopolitical tensions that heighten nuclear risks. All three are at play in Ukraine.

Read Now

In this special report, Abe Nobuyasu, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, makes recommendations for how to bridge the gap between the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

Read Now

Hawkish Yoon wins in Seoul, posing challenges for Taiwan, North Korea policy
On 9 March, Jessica Lee, APLN senior associate fellow wrote for Responsible Statecraft on the conservative victory in the South Korean election and the effect on South Korea’s foreign policy. Read more

The tragedy in Ukraine that could have been avoided
On 8 March, Chung-in Moon, APLN vice-chair wrote for Hankyoreh, where he argued that while the main blame for the war in Ukraine falls on Russian President Vladimir Putin, NATO and Ukraine cannot be completely absolved of responsibility either. Read more

CNN News 18: Viewpoint
On 8 March, APLN member Ramamurti Rajaraman, was interviewed on Viewpoint on CNN News about the implications of Russia seizing a nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Watch here (on Twitter)

‘What we don’t want is World War III’ – Helen Clark on war in Ukraine
On 3 March, Helen Clark, APLN member and former prime minister of New Zealand, spoke to The Detail about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the background to the conflict, her impressions of Vladimir Putin and how the war might end. Listen here

How invasion of Ukraine could transform nuclear landscape of Asia
On 1 March, APLN member C Raja Mohan, wrote that as Europe unites against the Russian president’s aggression, India must realise that Putin and Russia are not the same. Read more

Russia’s friends are finding it harder to look the other way
On 28 February, APLN member Shyam Saran, wrote on how the war in Ukraine invasion puts Russian friends and partners in a difficult position. Read more

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