Canada Leads Efforts to Return Abducted Ukrainian Children

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.04 - 2024 7:52 AM CET

At the Peace Summit, Canada will focus on the return of Ukrainian children abducted by Russia.

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Returning children illegally taken by Russia from Ukraine will be a top priority for Canada at the upcoming Global Peace Summit in Switzerland, according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Trudeau stressed the need to make progress in the peace process and will focus on the return of abducted Ukrainian children during his speech to the global community.

Speaking in Ottawa, Trudeau said, "We must make significant strides in ensuring these children are returned home safely."

The Canadian government’s press service confirmed Trudeau’s commitment, noting that he will reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s efforts toward a just and lasting peace.

This includes Canada’s co-leadership of the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children and its co-chairing of the Peace Formula Working Group Four, which focuses on the return of prisoners of war, unlawfully detained civilians, and illegally deported children.

Platform for Global Dialogue

The Summit, set for June 15-16, will provide a platform for dialogue among nations from various regions, aiming to achieve a comprehensive, fair, and lasting peace for Ukraine.

Leaders from all continents are expected to participate, working together to create a unified negotiating position to present to Russia.

According to Trudeau, Canada has provided over $10 billion in financial, humanitarian, military, and other forms of aid since Russia’s full-scale invasion.

He stated, "Canada stands with Ukraine, not only to help it win the war but also to ensure its future prosperity and leadership."

The Peace Formula is a diplomatic plan proposed by Ukraine that aims to bring a fair end to the conflict started by Russia. The formula includes steps for achieving peace, such as returning abducted children and resolving other humanitarian issues.

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