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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Apr 8, 2014

Russia urged to withdraw forces from Crimea

Pakistan’s stance on Ukraine is based on principles, irrespective of the game between the US and Russia, said the experts at a seminar on ‘Changing Dynamics in Global Power Structures’ jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) & Pak China Institute (PCI) at SDPI.

Panelist included Volodymyr Lakomov, Ukrainian Ambassador to Pakistan, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Arif Alvi, MNA Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Dr Abid Qayyium Suleri, Executive Director SDPI.

They were of the view the Russian government staged intervention by sending in troops into Crimea and refused to accept the new government in place. Ambassador Volodymyr Lakomov explained the position of his government and recent political development in Ukraine.

He also demanded unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of his country. He said the diplomatic tools were being used to convince Russia to withdraw the Crimea intervention.

However, he admitted there was disagreement among some of the countries involved in the effort. Further, he highlighted the importance of exchanging information related to the development of economy and nuclear energy for peaceful purposes between the two countries.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed of Pakistan Muslim League rejected any attempt to change internationally recognized borders. He considered it the violation of United Nations Charter and a threat to the supremacy of international law. “Unfortunately, we are the first victim of change of border in 1971 because of external aggression”, he said. With reference to the Tatar community, Senator Mushahid said that protecting the interests of different groups in Crimea is essential as they have suddenly become foreigners in their own country.

Arif Alvi proposed that the issue could be limited by international pressure. It is important to realize that international law has supremacy more than the political policies. He said Russian military action was not a human rights protection mission.

It is a violation of international law and a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the independent nation of Ukraine.

"Military action cannot be justified on the basis of threats that haven’t been made and aren’t being carried out" he said. He also appreciated the joint collaboration of PCI and SDPI on issues of national and international interests.

Dr Abid Qayyium Suleri, Executive Director SDPI also stressed the importance of the role of international community in this issue.