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European peace groups support efforts for non-military solutions in Ukraine

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Members of Church and Peace, an ecumenical network of peace organizations in Europe that includes several Anabaptist organizations, reiterated their commitment to support a non-military end to the war in Ukraine at the organization’s international conference from 20 to October 23 in Crikvenica, Croatia.

Representatives from 13 European countries and four non-European countries called on churches and their members to do all they can to support the conclusion of an early ceasefire, allowing diplomatic negotiations to begin. Gathered in the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe, Christian and Muslim conference participants learned from local peacemakers about their experience of nonviolent action during the war 25 years earlier: military resistance seems plausible when looking at the war from the beginning, but looking at the war from the end shows the “military solution” is a disaster.

The conference approved on September 8 Statement of the World Council of Churches “War in Ukraine, Peace and Justice in the European Region”, which calls for greater investment by European governments and the entire international community in promoting peace and strengthening non-violent conflict resolution and of reconciliation.