International summit on Ukraine peace calls for dialogue with Russia 

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen on a screen during a plenary session at the Summit on peace in Ukraine, at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne, on June 16, 2024. Photo: AFP

Leaders from dozens of countries gathered at a historic international summit for peace in Ukraine on Sunday, reaching a consensus that Kyiv should engage in dialogue with Russia to end the ongoing conflict.

Held at a picturesque Swiss mountainside resort, the summit saw representatives from over 90 nations convening to address the largest European conflict since World War II.

In a final communique, the participants expressed their belief that achieving peace necessitates the collaboration and conversation of all concerned parties.

The majority of countries present at the summit at the Burgenstock complex near Lake Lucerne voiced their strong support for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity in the document.

Additionally, the declaration emphasized the importance of a complete prisoner of war exchange and the repatriation of deported children.

However, some nations, including India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, were notably absent from the list of supporting states displayed during the summit.

Following a show of solidarity from world leaders the previous day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed optimism about attaining international consensus on a peace proposal that he could later present to Moscow.