Hollande: If lasting Ukraine peace not found ‘scenario is war’



French President Francois Hollande said the peace initiative he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have come up with is probably the last ditch attempt to end the war in Ukraine.

“I think this is one of the last chances, that’s why we took this initiative,” Hollande said, as cited by Reuters.

“If we don’t find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it’s called war,” he added.

Hollande was speaking to journalists in the city of Tulle in central France.

Earlier on Saturday, Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference she believed the “Ukrainian crisis cannot be resolved militarily.”

Merkel is sure the Franco-German initiative was worth undertaking even if so far its results are unclear.

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“After the talks yesterday in Moscow that the French president and I had, it is uncertain if it will succeed,” she said as cited by Reuters. “But it is in my view and the French president’s view definitely worth trying. We owe it to the people affected in Ukraine, at the very least.”

Merkel has urged the conference participants to focus on finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

“I understand the debate [on weapons supplies] but I believe that more weapons will not lead to the progress Ukraine needs. I really doubt that,” she said, according to Reuters.


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