The following is a peace proposal to end the escalating Ukrainian civil war drafted by Kate Pomeroy, a commentator here at Catcher In The Lie. I have provided this space for her to open the floor for debate and discussion about this important topic. I agree with Kate that those in positions of influence and power need to move past their stifling, obstinate, ego-bound myopia and find a way to bring peace to Ukraine. All the reasons why this is necessary have already been discussed ad nauseum at other venues. This excellent proposal is a great start to an end to conflict in Ukraine. Kate has informed she has forwarded this to world leaders and has unveiled it to The Saker and his audience over at The Vineyard of the Saker disappointingly receiving less than favorable feedback in return for her fine conscientious effort. As far as the world leaders are concerned, who knows, maybe a miracle will happen and they’ll take heed. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, keeping an open mind as Kate so graciously suggests, review it and let Kate know your constructive thoughts.
(Preliminary Draft Condensed)
Author: Kathleen A. Rosser
July 12, 2014
The killing of the Donbass people must end.
To peacefully end the Ukrainian conflict, the following terms must be met. This agreement requires the signatures of 1) Petro Poroshenko; 2) designated leaders of the proclaimed Donetsk Lugansk republic, 3) Vladimir Putin or delegate; and delegates of 4) NATO, 5) the EU, and 6) the IMF.
1. — The autonomous Donetsk Lugansk Region must be neutral.
2. — Ukraine and foreign military must immediately withdraw.
3. — Amnesty must be universal.
4. — Existing contracts remain in force.
5. — The IMF must comply regarding its loan requirements.
6. — Delay must be avoided.
7. — This agreement is self-enforcing.
1. Key Point: The autonomous Donetsk Lugansk Region must be neutral.
Requirement: Donetsk Lugansk must be designated an autonomous region within the nation of Ukraine. Autonomy must include 1) neutrality: neither NATO nor Russian military activities are allowed on Donetsk Lugansk soil; 2) a currency of choice; 3) control of airspace; 4) exemption from EU regulations; and 5) control of Russian border and trade.
Reason: The Kiev government fears that a fully independent Donetsk Lugansk would join the Russian Federation. This is unnacceptable to Kiev, the EU, and other factions with regional interests. Also, if Donetsk Lugansk is not given autonomy, the region’s leaders would continue the fight for independence. Moreover, if Donetsk Lugansk were not neutral, Russia might be unwilling to sign.
2. Key Point: Ukraine and foreign military must immediately withdraw.
Requirement: Upon ratification of this Plan, all Ukraine military forces will withdraw from Donetsk Lugansk and a surrounding buffer zone. All military personnel will be allowed to exit the region unhindered. All military equipment now held by Donetsk Lugansk defense forces will remain in their possession. Donetsk Lugansk will retain a militia, authorized to act within its borders. Russian or foreign citizens active in the military conflict will exit Ukraine or lay down arms.
Reason: Ukraine military withdrawal will automatically result in a ceasefire, since there will no longer be two opposing sides in the region. The Donetsk Lugansk defense forces will keep their arms, both to ensure near term security, and to support a militia. If not, the Donetsk Lugansk leaders would be reluctant to sign this agreement.
3. Key Point: Amnesty must be universal.
Requirement: Neither Poroshenko nor his administration or armed forces shall be indicted for crimes related to the 2014 Ukraine military conflict. No person in Donetsk Lugansk nor anywhere else shall be indicted for terrorism or other crimes related to this conflict.
Reason: If Poroshenko’s government faced a threat of indictment for war crimes, he might not sign an agreement. If anyone in Donetsk Lugansk could be indicted for terrorism or other related crimes, they would have to keep fighting to protect their lives.
4. Key Point: Existing contracts remain in force.
Requirement: All preexisting corporate contracts affecting land within the Donetsk Lugansk Region must remain in force.
Reason: If oil or gas contracts or leases were nullified, this would be unacceptable to factions with major regional interests. These factions would then exert influence to stop ratification of the agreement.
5. Key Point: The IMF must comply regarding its loan requirements.
Requirement: The IMF must not require that loans to the Kiev government be contingent on a fully unified Ukraine, but must be willing to honor a peace settlement with an autonomous Donetsk Lugansk.
Reason: if an IMF loan is contingent upon full unification, the Kiev government may see no choice but to keep fighting.
6. Key Point: Delay must be avoided.
Requirement: Talks on reparations or referendums for other regions are separate from this agreement. This Plan is not contingent on reparations or the future status of any region other than Donetsk and Lugansk.
Reason: To address these complex issues here could delay ratification.
7. Key Point: This agreement is self-enforcing.
Requirement: This agreement is self enforcing. No foreign party will conduct peace keeping actions, and no region will enforce compliance on another region. This does not preclude the presence of neutral observers.
Reason: If foreign or domestic forces carried out peace keeping actions, this might exacerbate tensions and carry the risk of enlargement of the conflict. Each signatory acknowledges that compliance is in their best interests.
8. Additional Requirements Related To Keypoints
a. — NATO must not conduct military or other activities in Donetsk Lugansk (see item 2).
b. — NATO must not conduct military or other activities in Donetsk Lugansk (see item 2).
c. — The Russian Federation must not conduct military activities in Donetsk Lugansk (see item 2).
This Peace Plan expires (July 30, 2024).