“Time for ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine War”

Haruki Wada, Chair, Group of Concerned Japanese Historians & Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Atsushi Okamoto, Former President of Iwanami Shoten Publishers
Kumiko Haba, President, International Studies Association Asia Pacific 
Kenji Isezaki, Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

11:00-12:00 Tuesday, August 2, 2022
(The speech will be English and Q & A will be in English or Japanese with English interpretation.)

The Russia-Ukraine conflict drags on, with enormous cost to both sides in humanitarian terms and with a growing impact on the global economy in terms of fuel and food prices and supplies. Meanwhile, prospects for a ceasefire, let alone a permanent solution to the problem, appear to remain distant.

A voluntary Group of Concerned Japanese Historians has since February issued several statements calling for "Ceasefire" where both sides lay down their arms. On 7th July, the group issued the one specifically addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General with signatures from more than 100 academics, activists and religious leaders mainly from Japan and Korea, appealing to the UN to play a critical role in bringing about a ceasefire.

The group plans to work further and to approach those nations that are already making mediation efforts such as Turkey, Indonesia, China, India, France and Germany as well as Russia and the Ukraine to support this initiative.

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