Ceasefire & Negotiated Peace In Ukraine

Petition: Immediate Ceasefire &

Negotiated Peace In Ukraine NOW!

Sign your name on the petition below to support negotiations–not more weapons–to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

To: U.S. President Biden, NATO Commander Jens Stoltenberg, EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen

As peace-loving citizens of the world, we urge you to support an immediate ceasefire and negotiated peace in Ukraine.

We do not have to sleepwalk into endless war or worse—a nuclear war with Russia.

Skeptics argue there’s no point in trying to negotiate with Russian President Vladamir Putin because he’s not interested in peace talks. In a recent speech, however, Putin said he wanted Ukraine and Russia to immediately return to the negotiating table. If Ukraine and Russia can negotiate the flow of grain exports out of the Black Sea, international inspections of a nuclear reactor, and prisoner exchanges, the two countries can negotiate an end to this disastrous war–provided the US and NATO do not torpedo the negotiations with promises of more and more weapons and talk of weakening Russia for regime change.

Regime change wars have not worked out in the past. Think Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya.

What are our choices in Ukraine? One is endless war with continued death and destruction, skyrocketing inflation, global hunger, and dress rehearsals for nuclear annihilation.

The other is a ceasefire and negotiated settlement in which all parties make compromises for the safety and security of the world.

We demand diplomacy now! Sign the petition here: https://www.codepink.org/ukrainepetition?recruiter_id=728189&fbclid=IwAR1AfSvswNUzivX_9cO0mlNmn9EYYT8mwa-wCCEhFY04UssnxTsWNYzHcNg

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Related articles and video:

Video by Medea Benjamin: War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict

The Not-So-Winding Road from Iraq to Ukraine, Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J.S. Davies, (The Progressive, March 17, 2023)

Why Did Biden Snub China’s Ukraine Peace Plan? By: Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd and Wei Yu, (CODEPINK Pink Tank, 3 March 2023)

Why the US must press for a ceasefire in Ukraine, Jack F. Matlock Jr. (Responsible Statecraft. Oct. 17, 2022)

Negotiations Still the Only Way Forward to End Ukraine War, Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J.S. Davies (Video: Democracy Now, October 12, 2022)

Stop Fanning the Flames of War. Seek a Ceasefire in Ukraine, Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin (San Jose Mercury News. Sept. 30, 2022)

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G7 Hiroshima Summit backtracks on norm against nuclear weapons

NoFirstUse Global will push on to the NPT, G20 Delhi Summit and UN General Assembly to affirm and implement the norm
Dear Jim Albertini,

Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and USA, who met in Hiroshima for the G7 Summit from May 19-21, adopted the G7 Leaders’ Hiroshima Vision on Nuclear Disarmament. The Vision statement reaffirms commitments to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and criticizes Russia and China for their nuclear weapons policies, but fails to commit the G7 countries to any new measures to reduce nuclear threats or advance nuclear disarmament.  

Worse, the Hiroshima Vision backtracks from the statement made at the G20 Bali Summit in November last year by the G20 Leaders – which includes all of the G7 Leaders – that ‘The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible.”

Calls by civil society including NoFirstUse Global for the G7 leaders to reaffirm and begin implementing the Bali statement appeared to fall on deaf ears in Hiroshima.


Nuclear Taboo, from Norm to Law presented to the Summit

NoFirstUse Global gathered endorsements from over 1000 legislators, youth, academics/experts, religious leaders and civil society leaders from G7 and other countries for a declaration, Nuclear Taboo from Norm to Law, calling for affirmation and implementation of the Bali statement that “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible.”

NoFirstUse representatives presented the Declaration and list of endorsers to the Foreign Ministry of Japan (host of the G7 Summit) and to a cross-party meeting of parliamentarians in the Diet (Japanese parliament) in Tokyo, and to media and civil society observers of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima.

Despite this, the Hiroshima Vision statement backtracks on the Bali statement, weakening the norm against nuclear weapons. Instead of affirming that “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible” (without exception or caveat), the Hiroshima Vision says only that “…threats by Russia of nuclear weapon use … in the context of its aggression against Ukraine are inadmissible.”

In addition, the Hiroshima Vision notes that “security policies are based on the understanding that nuclear weapons, for as long as they exist, should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression and prevent war and coercion.”

In essence the Hiroshima Vision implies (incorrectly) that it is perfectly “admissible” to threaten nuclear weapon use for defensive purposes and to deter aggression and prevent war and coercion,” said Aaron Tovish, NoFirstUse Global Steering Committee Member, speaking from Hiroshima. “Many of Russia’s string of nuclear threats have been couched in this language, as have many of the US’s past nuclear threats.” (See Neither Gold, Silver nor Bronze: G7’s SUBstandard performance in Hiroshima).

Neither Gold, Silver nor Bronze.
G7’s SUBstandard performance in Hiroshima

“If we look at recent inter-governmental statements on the inadmissibility of threat or use of nuclear weapons, the G7’s Hiroshima Vision is so sub-standard it would not even ‘win’ a bronze medal. Gold medal would go to the Vienna Declaration of TPNW States Parties in which they “condemn unequivocally any and all nuclear threats, whether they be explicit or implicit and irrespective of the circumstances.” Silver medal would go to the Bali Declaration of the G20 which says that “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible.” Bronze medal would go to India and China for their no-first-use policies.”

Aaron Tovish, NoFirstUse Global Steering Committee Member.

Onward to the NPT, G20 and UNGA

NoFirstUse Global is not giving up on implementation of the G20 affirmation that “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible.”  

We will continue to accept endorsements for Nuclear Taboo from Norm to Law in order to also present it to Preparatory Meeting of States Parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty in Vienna (August), G20 Summit in Delhi (September) and the UN General Assembly (October).

Please encourage your colleagues to endorse so that we can elevate the political impact of this Declaration of Public Conscience.

NoFirstUse Global is a network of organizations, academics, policy makers and civil society advocates working cooperatively for the adoption of no-first-use policies by nuclear-armed States, the support for such policies from nuclear allied countries, and the implementation of such policies to help achieve broader nuclear risk-reduction, non-proliferation and disarmament measures.
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