President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the end of the Ukraine war.
Ramaphosa, speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated that a solution to the crisis must be reached through diplomacy.
He stated that the war had lasted much too long and that all parties should sit down to negotiate.
Food and fuel prices have risen as a result of the war on the African continent.
The war has also had an impact on other parts of the world.
Ramaphosa was among a group of African leaders that met with Putin on Saturday in Saint Petersburg after meeting with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the day before in Kyiv.
Ramaphosa presented Putin with a peace plan that African leaders had devised.
He believed that it was past time to stop the war because it would benefit none of the sides in the end, and that the war could not last forever.
It is in this regard that a solution to the problem must be discovered.
“The second point we would like to raise, the key element of our broad proposal is that we do firmly believe that the war must be settled and it must be settled through negotiations and through diplomatic means. A war cannot go on forever.
“All wars have to be settled and come to an end at some stage. We are here to communicate a clear message that we would like this war to be ended. We say so because this war is having a negative impact on the African continent and indeed many other countries around the world,” said Ramaphosa.
He went on to say that the war has caused food and fuel prices to rise, thereby harming people’s lives.
Ramaphosa stated that they discussed similar proposals with Zelensky on Friday.
He stated that they are aware that the peace proposal proposed by African leaders is not the first.
Similar approaches have been made to both parties by other countries.