The war started in Crimea, it will also end in Crimea!

Text: M. Zisso; Photo: Archive

October 25, 2022 – Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová spoke and actively participated at the First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimean Platform which took place in the building of the National and University Library in Zagreb and was attended by more than four dozen heads of parliaments and their delegations representing signatories of the International Crimean Platform from around the world. In her contribution, she emphasized the need for continued support for defiant Ukraine and the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for crimes of Russian aggression. In addition, the Speaker of the House signed a memorandum of understanding with her Ukrainian counterpart Ruslan Stefančuk in Croatia. „The main purpose of the memorandum is to support the principles of parliamentary procedures and to build the institutional capacity of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in connection with the post-war reconstruction and integration process of the country into the European Union. Specifically, it is mainly about the issue of increasing the openness of the parliament to the public, training professional staff and sharing experience and knowledge between individual legislators,“ concluded chairperson Markéta Pekarová Adamová.

The opening of the summit included speeches by the speakers of the Croatian and Ukrainian parliaments, Gordan Jandroković and Ruslan Stefančuk, as well as Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the summit via video greeting.

„I am convinced that all criminals must be held accountable. I therefore insist on the establishment of a special international criminal tribunal for the crimes of Russian aggression in Ukraine. If we fail in this effort, it will be a severe blow to the international order based on shared humanistic values,“ said the speaker of the House of Representatives, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, among other things, in her contribution to the conference. Among the special guests of the conference, together with the Speaker of the Czech House, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the Federal Assembly of the Federal Republic of Germany Bärbel Bas and the Speaker of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Gerald E. Connoly spoke. At the end of the summit, a joint declaration was approved.

The Crimean Platform brings together international partners from 2021 with the aim of jointly facing the effects and threats of the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.