This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko, commenting on the outcome of the meeting with the ex-Interior Minister of Colombia.
“Today there was a very interesting meeting with the ex-Interior Minister of Colombia Juan Fernando Cristo, who participated in the negotiations, preparation and signing of a peace agreement with the rebels who were fighting against the Colombian army for 52 years. More than 200 thousand people were killed, this was a terrible tragedy. The President of Colombia showed political will when he went to direct talks with the rebels,” Yuriy Boyko said.
He noted that this is a vivid example of what should be done to achieve peace in the east of the country.
“This was an example of what should be the situation in our country: direct negotiations with all parties to the conflict. In Colombia, they sat down at the negotiating table – the leaders of the partisans, the leaders of the armed forces, and the relatives of the deceived. They worked out a joint mechanism of how to stop the war and come to a peaceful settlement,” the opposition politician said.
According to Yuriy Boyko, to achieve peace in Ukraine there is no other way than direct negotiations, making compromises with all the participants in the military conflict. All citizens of our country, except the authorities, realize the fact that Ukraine needs peace today.
“War is the biggest problem that exists in the country today. However, the current authorities have withdrawn themselves from negotiations to stop the conflict, and this is what all people want. The authorities are waiting for someone to solve it for them, and this is wrong. We (OPPOSITION BLOC, - Ed.) have repeatedly stated our willingness to participate in negotiations for the sake of establishing peace in Ukraine,” the Co-Chairman of the opposition force said.