WPF Executive Committee Statement on the Events in Ukraine

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 Kiev 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.

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.

Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Vladimir Kulikov, Executive 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
Dimitri Kitsikis, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Honorary President, The Dimitri Kitsikis Public Foundation
Aram Sargsyan, Director, National Center “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Armenia
Nicholas Papanicolaou, Сo-Founder, WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations"
Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of the United Religions Initiative for Africa; Founding Member of URI