28 March 2014
Press Statement on the Situation in Ukraine
The South African Government reiterates its concern regarding developments in Ukraine.
South Africa calls upon both the Russian Federation and Ukraine to engage in dialogue and cooperation in the interest of the stability of the broader region.
South Africa is of the view that the escalation of hostile language, the imposition of sanctions and counter-sanctions, the use of threat of force and violent actions do not contribute to the peaceful resolution of the situation and the economic stability of Ukraine and the region.
South Africa encourages the various parties to strengthen all diplomatic efforts to produce a sustainable and peaceful solution, including through appropriate international fora. It is essential that a political path be supported by a united, cohesive international effort towards a negotiated political settlement reflective of the will of the people aimed at establishing a democratic pluralistic society, in which minorities are protected.
We further encourage regional initiatives aimed at resolving the crisis and in this regard welcome the deployment of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
South Africa will continue to follow developments in the region.
Issued by DIRCO