Statement by Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
22 April 2022
On the holy days of the Orthodox Easter, all my thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and, more than ever before, with the Ukrainians trapped in Mariupol.
The principles of international law, fundamentals of humane treatment and Christian compassion call for offering the people in Mariupol the opportunity of leaving the destroyed city in safety. A humanitarian corridor must be set up as soon as possible to allow for the safe passage of civilians and the injured from Mariupol. In the interests of security and transparency, the entire process from leaving Mariupol up to the arrival on the territory under Ukrainian control should be overseen by a designed international mission set up for the purpose.
I appeal to the leaders of Parliaments of other European Union Member States and good will countries urging them to call for the immediate establishment of a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol and for political steps to be taken to implement it. I fervently hope that these calls will also be heard by the Government of the Russian Federation.
Offering real hope is the greatest gift we can give to the suffering people on the Holiday of the Resurrection.
Ilona Petrovė, Spokesperson to Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, tel.+ 370 5 239 6030,
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