Now it’s solidarity with Ukraine, says the Highland Council

As promised earlier today, Highland Council has cleared up any confusion over its Ness Bridge colours.

The blue and green of the Inverness Fair Trade Group lit up the bridge yesterday to celebrate Fair Trade Week, but was misinterpreted by many on social media as the blue and yellow of Ukraine.

The Ness Bridge was lit up for Fair Trade Week, but now the catastrophic action of imperialist Russia will be the reason for displaying Ukraine’s national colors

Now the Highland Council has announced that the yellow in the Ukrainian flag will actually replace the green in solidarity with the country currently being invaded by Russia.

“The Ness Bridge in Inverness will be lit up in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian national flag this evening at sunset – at 6m – in support of the people of Ukraine,” a council statement confirmed.

Organizer Bill Lobban and Inverness Provost and Regional Councilor Helen Carmichael asked for the illuminations which reflect the decision made today at the COSLA convention attended by leader Margaret Davidson.

The largest political assembly of local government leaders in Scotland, the Cosla Convention has unanimously agreed to support the Council of European Municipalities and Regions’ political statement on Ukraine, which COSLA helped draft.

Responsible Bill Lobban: alongside Ukraine
Responsible Bill Lobban: alongside Ukraine

The statement calls for the conflict to return to diplomacy. It also highlights the role that local governments in Russia, Ukraine and the rest of Europe can play as a way to build bridges and support each other to achieve results for communities.

The statement states:

European local and regional governments strongly support their peers in Ukraine!

We, the political leadership of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, strongly condemn the multiple attacks and violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

We express our full support and solidarity to the Ukrainian people and our peers in local and regional governments. We will not accept that our European values ​​and integrity are again attacked by the Russian Federation after the violation of Georgian territories by Russia in 2008.

Margaret Davidson, leader of the council.
Margaret Davidson, leader of the council.

We are firmly opposed to the dismemberment of a free and democratic state in Europe.

The escalation of violence, repeated bombardments and attacks on Ukrainian cities and territories pose a serious threat to the preservation of peace and democracy throughout Europe.

We call on the Russian Federation to cease its attacks, to leave the national territory of Ukraine, to respect all international treaties and the fundamental principles of international law and to recognize the full sovereignty of Ukraine over all its territories, including Donbass and Crimea.

Strong believers in local democracy and city diplomacy, based on the values ​​of peace that have united our municipalities across Europe since 1951, we support Ukrainian municipalities, cities, hromadas, districts, raions and their representative associations.

They are on the front line to protect the population and provide basic services to offer them a good quality of life.

conditions and daily survival.

The destruction of infrastructure by belligerents undermines the effective and safe maintenance of basic public services provided by Ukrainian local and regional governments to their citizens.

As European local and regional governments, representing 60 national associations in 40 European countries, including Ukraine, we will continue to work to support them in their efforts.

Not only are we ready to support our peers in the country with the equipment and expertise they may need in the days and weeks ahead.

Municipalities and regions will probably soon have to face the human consequences of such a tragedy for Europe, probably resulting in an influx of humanitarian refugees. Coordination with our national governments will be essential.

As the European section of UCLG, let’s hope that city diplomacy will soon unite us all again!

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