Serbia absent from Crimea Platform Summit in Zagreb

by Cristian Florescu

The First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimea Platform started in Zagreb last week with the opening remarks of Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic and his Ukrainian counterpart, Ruslan Stefanchuk, with the message highlighting the commitment to providing help to Ukraine.

Attending the summit are 42 delegations from 32 countries, while 11 countries, including France, Hungary, Japan and Canada, will participate via video message.

Serbia was invited to the Summit but it did not respond to the invitation, Hina reported.

The International Crimea Platform was officially launched with the Inaugural Summit in Kyiv on August 23, 2021, when the Joint Declaration was also adopted. 47 state representatives at the level of presidents, prime ministers, speakers of parliaments, and ministers from G7 member states, EU member states, NATO, Council of Europe, European Council, European Commission, Organisation for Democracy, and Economic Development participated.

On August 23, 2022, the summit was held online, in the circumstances of war, and the number of participating states and international organisations increased to 60, bringing together the leaders of the G7, members of the EU, several representatives of the African continent and Latin America, and representatives of NATO, EU, and others.

The Zagreb summit gives the parliamentary dimension of the International Crimea Platform.

The First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimea Platform will address multiple aspects of the current security situation in Ukraine, and the possibilities for national parliaments and international parliamentary institutions to make their contribution in the five priority areas of the International Crimea Platform’s activity.

More than fifty speakers and deputy speakers of parliaments and presidents and vice-presidents of parliamentary assemblies of international institutions participating in the Platform, attendees the plenary session in person and deliver their remarks, along with leaders of parliaments who addresses the participants via video messages.

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