Elders call for restoring atmosphere of cooperation in world affairs

Former Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, and veterans of global politics (The Elders) launched a unanimous appeal to use every opportunity to normalize the situation in Europe and worldwide.

Former Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, and veterans of global politics (The Elders) launched a unanimous appeal to use every opportunity to normalize the situation in Europe and worldwide.

Gorbachev told the Elders at their meeting in Moscow about his vision of the causes of the Ukrainian conflict, a spokesperson for the Gorbachev Foundation told Interfax on Wednesday.

"All those involved in the conversation were unanimous that the most important thing now is to ensure compliance by all parties with the Minsk agreements," the spokesperson said.

Gorbachev also reminded his colleagues of his call on U.S. and Russian leaders to get together to discuss a broad range of issues. "We need to rebuild confidence, and such a meeting could serve as a first step. Regrettably, there has been no reaction to this proposal since last October," Gorbachev said, according to his spokesperson.

"Now is not the time to sit idly, we need to use whatever opportunity possible to normalize the situation in Europe and worldwide, to foster restoration of the atmosphere of cooperation in world affairs," the Gorbachev Foundation said in the statement.

The Elders delegation consists of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Norway's former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi.

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