WPF Executive Committee distributed statement on the Events in Ukraine, which says that situation in Ukraine is a threat of World War III, if democracy is not be observed and foreign interposal does not stop.
“The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” observes with alarm the unfolding events in the Ukraine. The Forum condemns in the strongest possible terms the involvement of foreign powers in attempts to topple the duly elected government in Kyiv and to replace it with a puppet regime. We urge Western powers to refrain from sanctions and the threat of sanctions and to return to the basic principle of democracy: namely, that political change is to be sought through a democratic process at the ballot box, not through bullets in the streets. We urge all powers involved to reflect on the possible consequences of their actions which seem to push the world steadily closer to a new World War” – tells the World Public Forum’s manifest.
“We also appeal to the people in the streets to come to their senses and to return to the Gandhian path of nonviolent political action” – also invokes message.
The text was signed by:
Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”;
Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”;
Vladimir Kulikov, Acting Director, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”;
Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST);
Hans Köchler, Founder and President, International Progress Organization;
Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy; Professor, Committee on Global Thought; Director, South Asian Institute, Columbia University
The main theme of the forthcoming annual event of WPF – Rhodes Forum (26-29th of September 2014) – would be “Ending war, preventing war”, considering 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and numerous military conflicts raging in different parts of the world today.