Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
President Shimon Peres is scheduled to leave for the Ukraine on Thursday for a
lightning 24-hour visit. Peres will be a keynote speaker at the eighth Yalta
European Strategy forum on “Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common
Future,” to be held in the Livadia Palace in Yalta from September 15 to 18.
Peres is due to address the conference on September 16, as will Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovych.
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The forum, known by its acronym of YES, will
focus on economic and political challenges currently facing the world,
especially Ukraine’s relationship with the European Union and Russia’s role in
global diplomacy. Ukrainian participants will also promote investment
opportunities in Ukraine.
Among the other speakers at the conference will
be Quartet representative Tony Blair, Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister
of the Russian Federation Alexei Kudrin, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs
Carl Buildt, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Larry Summers, a former
director of the White House National Economic Council under US President Barack
Obama, former secretary-general of the Council of the European Union Javier
Solana and many other distinguished political figures, diplomats and
Peres is attending the conference at the personal invitation
There is still no word as to whether Peres will travel to
New York next week to represent Israel at the United Nations General
However, the meeting in the historic Livadia Palace where Josef
Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt met in February 1945 to discuss
how to divide an almost defeated Germany among the allies, will provide Peres
with a last ditch opportunity to try to persuade world leaders to vote against
the Palestinian initiative for the unilateral declaration of statehood by the UN
Peres will also have a working session with Yanukovych,
who is reportedly eager to enhance political, technological and economic ties