Rompuy: Ukrainian Crisis Is Biggest After Cold War

Ukrainian crisis that started with the events in Crimea is the most serious geopolitical crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in Paris.

It is reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Worse than that, it is coming to war on the continent, which war risks becoming the deadliest since the Balkan wars. Whoever violates the boundaries, disturbs peace," the head of the European Council, speaking at the Institute of Political Studies.

He noted that European countries have been able to present a united front in support of Ukraine against Russia, despite differences related to energy interests, geographical situation, and historical experience.

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According to him, it shows "an overall commitment and understanding of the common strategic interests beyond the calculations of shopkeepers." In this he also sees a "culture of compromise in the Union", as the EU leaders understand that they cannot act alone.

"Today the most important is the following. Since the ceasefire under Minsk protocol of Sept. 5, about 1,000 died. I do not call it a ceasefire anymore. Future ceasefire [agreements] are destined to the same fate if we restrict ourselves to the control of the situation on the spot. We need a global solution. We need to find a way for Ukraine to become a decentralized (or federalized) and inclusive country. We need to define the place of Ukraine in Europe," van Rompuy said.

In his opinion, Ukraine must move closer to Europe, as desired by the majority of the population while at the same establish correct relations with Russia, "its neighbor, with which it shares a common history, culture and language." Its boundaries, and therefore, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected, but the minorities should be respected as well.

European Council chairman, whose mandate expires in November believes that it is necessary to consider all these problems in-depth and gather the main parties around the negotiations table to reach an agreement of the Oslo Accords type.

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"Such a dialogue requires, time and time again, political trust, return of confidence, because today it is sorely lacking," van Rompuy noted.

He explained that with such a global approach, Europe must play a role, because Russia's relations with the European Union are a part of the coil of problems that must be dealt with.

H. Van Rompuy said that his successor (Donald Tusk) is quite aware of this.

Donald Tusk should take his new post on Dec. 1, 2014.

The Oslo Accords are a set of agreements between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): the Oslo I Accord, signed in Washington, D.C., in 1993 and the Oslo II Accord, signed in Taba in 1995. The Oslo Accords marked the start of the Oslo process, a peace process that is aimed at achieving a peace-treaty based on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and 338, and to fulfill the "right of the Palestinian people to self-determination". The Oslo process started after secret negotiations in Oslo, resulting in the recognition by the PLO of the State of Israel and the recognition by Israel of the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people and as a partner in negotiations.

The Oslo Accords created the Palestinian Authority, whose functions are the limited self-governance over parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and, it acknowledged that the PLO is now Israel's partner in permanent status negotiations about the remaining issues. The most important issues are the borders of Israel and Palestine, the Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem, the question of Israel's military presence in and control over the remaining territories after the recognition of the Palestinian autonomy by Israel, and the Palestinian right of return. The Oslo Accords, however, did not create a Palestinian state.
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