Marcelo Ebrard meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday he met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss a Mexican peace plan for the Ukraine conflict that he presented this week to the United Nations General Assembly.

Mexico has offered a deal to end the fighting, but Ukraine opposes the plan which it says would benefit Russia.

Ebrard wrote on Twitter that he and Lavrov had a ‘cordial conversation’ and posted a photo of him and Lavrov sitting across from each other at a table, a day after the Mexican minister had a conversation separated with its Ukrainian counterpart.

The Mexican government has drawn up a plan that includes the creation of a “mediation committee” to settle conflicts around the world, led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Pope Francis.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the committee would immediately begin talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reach “a truce of at least five years”.

Yet Lopez Obrador, who has condemned the Russian invasion and criticized Western arms shipments to Ukraine, hinted that he was not seeking to personally discuss the plan with Putin when asked earlier this week if the two leaders would talk.

“I don’t want to play a leading role, as a government we make a proposal to see if it’s accepted,” he said.

Mexico’s proposal drew criticism from Ukraine, with an adviser to Zelenskiy, Mykhailo Podolyak, last week calling it a “Russian plan” that “would give Russia time to renew its reserves before the next offensive”.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Mexico also dismissed the idea, telling reporters that “we must continue the fight to liberate our territory.”

It is not clear whether the proposed members of Mexico’s mediation committee have agreed to participate.

The conflict has displaced millions of people, killed thousands of civilians and left towns, villages and villages in ruins.

Source: Gobierno de México

Mexico Daily Post

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