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APPEAL OF PARTICIPANTS OF THE 1ST BALTIC -BLACK SEA FORUM

“THROUGH DIALOGUE TO TRUST AND PEACE” (KYIV APPEAL)

We, the participants of the 1st Baltic- Black Sea Forum, who met in Kyiv on December 1, 2016, appeal to the civil society of the region, to professionals from the sphere of culture and art, social thinkers, opinion leaders, leading scholars, religious leaders and the media with a proposal for cooperation.

We believe that the leaders and the heads of states will support our initiative.

We state that the Baltic-Black Sea countries civilizational space is formed as a result of intense, sometimes even violent interpenetration of peoples, ethnicities, faiths and cultures, have a long common history. This unique combination of general and particular, of unity in diversity makes the region of Central and Eastern Europe productive for developing new forms of neighborly responsible, peacekeeping cooperation.

Taking into account the increase, as the result of a deep systemic crisis at the turn of XX-XXI centuries, of global challenges and regional threats, we state the urgent need for new methods of dialogue and restoring confidence in the values of harmony, mutual respect and consensus.

We come together under the auspices of the International Centre for the Baltic and Black Sea Studies and consensus practices that is being created for the purpose for collaboration focused on practical peacemaking on the day of the 25th anniversary of the All-Ukrainian referendum, the year of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the signing of the Accord on the Commonwealth of Independent States (Bialowieza consensus – December 1991), on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup of 1917 in the Russian Empire.

Only democracy, which is the key to peaceful coexistence and cooperation; Only peace and a complete rejection of war and aggression;

Only the community of European nations is able to provide a solution to the continent of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of goodwill and mutual respect.

We strongly support the peace in modern European and global community, guided by the principles of openness, accountability, and consensus building.

We are convinced that by combining the efforts of the peoples of the Baltic-Black Sea area, we are able under current conditions to develop a new methodology and practice of the moral evaluation of the past, present and effective transformation of a holistic foresight of the worthy future.

People are waiting, and this is our common goal – on the basis of a platform of joint actions to promote formation of the system of values which will ensure mutual understanding and mutual support, timely and fruitful dialogue of ideas and people, generations and ideologies, nations and states.

Gennady Burbulis, Secretary of the RSFSR (1991-1992)

Lech Walesa, President of Poland (1990-1995)

Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia (2007-2011)

Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (1991-1994)

Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994-2004)

Vitaustas Landsbergis, The Head of the Lithuanian State (1992, 1996-2000)

Petru Lucinschi, President of Moldova (1996-2001)

Arnold Ruutel, The President of Estonia (2001-2006)

Stanislav Shushkevich, The Head of the Supreme Council of Belarus (1991-1994)

Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010)