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African facilitation of Ukraine-Russia dialogue

African facilitation of the
Ukraine-Russia
dialogue

The consequences of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia are particularly affecting the African continent. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, a majority of African countries have suffered from inflation, disruption of their vital grain and fertilizer supplies, and sanctions aimed at isolating one of its major trading partners, Russia. Africa, concerned about the peace so often disturbed at home, aims to facilitate a resumption of talks between the two countries.

The consequences of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia are particularly affecting the African continent. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, a majority of African countries have suffered from inflation, disruption of their vital grain and fertilizer supplies, and sanctions aimed at isolating one of its major trading partners, Russia. Africa, concerned about the peace so often disturbed at home, aims to facilitate a resumption of talks between the two countries.

Role of the Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation, constant in its principles and its method of seeking peace through dialogue, can only condemn the use of weapons and reiterate its availability with the objective of helping a constructive dialogue between the belligerents. It does not refrain from any contact to contribute to this.

 

Read the press release of 3 March 2022

 

Following Senegalese President Macky Sall's visit to Sochi, Russia, in June 2022 as the acting chair of the African Union, an African approach to promoting dialogue between the two warring nations has emerged.

 

A delegation from the Brazzaville Foundation, composed of H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Amama Mbabazi and Jean-Yves Ollivier, followed up on this initiative, visiting Moscow in December 2022 to exchange with Russian diplomatic representatives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Senegalese President Macky Sall at his state residence in Sochi, on the Black Sea, Russia, 3 June 2022, © Mikhail Klimentyev / Associated Press

Delegates from Brazzaville Foundation meeting with high-level representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, © Brazzaville Foundation.

The delegation went to Kyiv on 13 and 14 February 2023 to discuss with representatives of Ukrainian diplomacy, and then organised in Addis Ababa on 18 February 2023, on the sidelines of the African Union summit, a meeting with the new chairman of the African Union and president of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, and the 6 countries concerned, represented by their heads of state.

 

Led by President Macky Sall of Senegal, outgoing chair of the African Union, the group includes the foreign minister of Egypt, representing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia, Amama Mbabazi, representing President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the recent inclusion of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, adding the weight of one of Africa's largest economies to the initiative.

 

The Russian and Ukrainian governments have been widely consulted and have expressed their willingness to commit to this African initiative. The Brazzaville Foundation announced a positive outcome to the series of visits to Moscow, Kyiv and six African countries between 22 May and 5 June 2023. The meetings of the peace mission of African heads of state were held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 16 June 2023 at the invitation of President Zelensky, then in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 17 June 2023 at the invitation of President Putin.

Role of the Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation, constant in its principles and its method of seeking peace through dialogue, can only condemn the use of weapons and reiterate its availability with the objective of helping a constructive dialogue between the belligerents. It does not refrain from any contact to contribute to this.

 

Read the press release of 3 March 2022

 

Following Senegalese President Macky Sall's visit to Sochi, Russia, in June 2022 as the acting chair of the African Union, an African approach to promoting dialogue between the two warring nations has emerged.

 

A delegation from the Brazzaville Foundation, composed of H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Amama Mbabazi and Jean-Yves Ollivier, followed up on this initiative, visiting Moscow in December 2022 to exchange with Russian diplomatic representatives.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Senegalese President Macky Sall at his state residence in Sochi, on the Black Sea, Russia, 3 June 2022, © Mikhail Klimentyev / Associated Press

The delegation went to Kyiv on 13 and 14 February 2023 to discuss with representatives of Ukrainian diplomacy, and then organised in Addis Ababa on 18 February 2023, on the sidelines of the African Union summit, a meeting with the new chairman of the African Union and president of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, and the 6 countries concerned, represented by their heads of state.

 

Led by President Macky Sall of Senegal, outgoing chair of the African Union, the group includes the foreign minister of Egypt, representing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia, Amama Mbabazi, representing President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the recent inclusion of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, adding the weight of one of Africa's largest economies to the initiative.

 

The Russian and Ukrainian governments have been widely consulted and have expressed their willingness to commit to this African initiative. The Brazzaville Foundation announced a positive outcome to the series of visits to Moscow, Kyiv and six African countries between 22 May and 5 June 2023. The meetings of the peace mission of African heads of state were held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 16 June 2023 at the invitation of President Zelensky, then in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 17 June 2023 at the invitation of President Putin.

Delegates from Brazzaville Foundation meeting with high-level representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, © Brazzaville Foundation.

Role of the Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation, constant in its principles and its method of seeking peace through dialogue, can only condemn the use of weapons and reiterate its availability with the objective of helping a constructive dialogue between the belligerents. It does not refrain from any contact to contribute to this.

 

Read the press release of 3 March 2022

 

Following Senegalese President Macky Sall's visit to Sochi, Russia, in June 2022 as the acting chair of the African Union, an African approach to promoting dialogue between the two warring nations has emerged.

 

A delegation from the Brazzaville Foundation, composed of H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Amama Mbabazi and Jean-Yves Ollivier, followed up on this initiative, visiting Moscow in December 2022 to exchange with Russian diplomatic representatives.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Senegalese President Macky Sall at his state residence in Sochi, on the Black Sea, Russia, 3 June 2022, © Mikhail Klimentyev / Associated Press

The delegation went to Kyiv on 13 and 14 February 2023 to discuss with representatives of Ukrainian diplomacy, and then organised in Addis Ababa on 18 February 2023, on the sidelines of the African Union summit, a meeting with the new chairman of the African Union and president of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, and the 6 countries concerned, represented by their heads of state.

 

Led by President Macky Sall of Senegal, outgoing chair of the African Union, the group includes the foreign minister of Egypt, representing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia, Amama Mbabazi, representing President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the recent inclusion of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, adding the weight of one of Africa's largest economies to the initiative.

 

The Russian and Ukrainian governments have been widely consulted and have expressed their willingness to commit to this African initiative. The Brazzaville Foundation announced a positive outcome to the series of visits to Moscow, Kyiv and six African countries between 22 May and 5 June 2023. The meetings of the peace mission of African heads of state were held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 16 June 2023 at the invitation of President Zelensky, then in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 17 June 2023 at the invitation of President Putin.

 

Delegates from Brazzaville Foundation meeting with high-level representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, © Brazzaville Foundation.

Macky Sall

President of the Republic of Senegal

It is a dialogue to allow parties in conflict to meet under the same roof, to exchange, to see the major contradictions, and to see how to overcome these contradictions in order to turn to the future. This step was important because these are brothers who until now have only communicated through arms, and who today will be able to talk to each other.

Macky Sall

President of the Republic

of Senegal

 It is a dialogue to allow parties in conflict to meet under the same roof, to exchange, to see the major contradictions, and to see how to overcome these contradictions in order to turn to the future. This step was important because these are brothers who until now have only communicated through arms, and who today will be able to talk to each other.

Macky Sall

President of the Republic of Senegal

It is a dialogue to allow parties in conflict to meet under the same roof, to exchange, to see the major contradictions, and to see how to overcome these contradictions in order to turn to the future. This step was important because these are brothers who until now have only communicated through arms, and who today will be able to talk to each other.

Foundation representatives involved in this initiative

- Olusegun Obansajo, former President of Nigeria, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister of Uganda, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Jean-Yves Ollivier, Founding Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation

Foundation representatives involved in this initiative

- Olusegun Obansajo, former President of Nigeria, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister of Uganda, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Jean-Yves Ollivier, President and Founder of the Brazzaville Foundation

Foundation representatives involved in this initiative

- Olusegun Obansajo, former President of Nigeria, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister of Uganda, Advisory Board Member of the Brazzaville Foundation

- Jean-Yves Ollivier, President and Founder of the Brazzaville Foundation

Perspectives

Listen: We are working to ensure that the views of Ukrainian and Russian stakeholders are heard.

Facilitate: We act to facilitate diplomatic relations between the parties to the conflict and initiate a constructive dialogue.

Perspectives

Listen: We are working to ensure that the views of Ukrainian and Russian stakeholders are heard.

Facilitate: We act to facilitate diplomatic relations between the parties to the conflict and initiate a constructive dialogue.

Perspectives

Listen: We are working to ensure that the views of Ukrainian and Russian stakeholders are heard.

Facilitate: We act to facilitate diplomatic relations between the parties to the conflict and initiate a constructive dialogue.

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