On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Leendert Verbeek, issued the following statement:
"For more than seventy years, since WWII, our continent has worked to build a democratic Europe, respectful of human rights and the rule of law, a unified Europe, of increased cooperation, and above all, a Europe of peace.
This construction has stood firm, despite regional conflicts and the war in the Balkans, but it is now being severely shaken by the war started by Russia against Ukraine. The world has become more dangerous since this nuclear power trampled on all the principles of international and multilateral cooperation to choose war.
The respect of the rule of law and the fulfilment of obligations under international law by democratic states are the foundation of peace. The community of democratic nations must do everything in its power to ensure that in this conflict the international law is respected, the aggressor be held accountable, and that justice be served to the victims.