Ramaphosa said SA is in the position it is today because of dialogue, negotiation and collaboration between belligerent entities.
“We were pitted against each other by the apartheid government regime. It was only dialogue and negotiation that brought an end to the conflict, and that is the position we have articulated.”
This is a position Ramaphosa has articulated to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US President Joe Biden, China’s President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.
He said: “It is this position I believe should be the order of the day. It is for that reason we say we would like this conflict to end and one of the best ways is calling for the cessation of hostilities, and that should be achieved through negotiation. Once there is a cease fire, we will be able to get the two belligerent parties into serious negotiations.”
Regarding the sanctions imposed on Russia, Ramaphosa said: “These are having an overarching impact even on countries that are bystanders or not part of the conflict. They are also going to suffer from the sanctions imposed on Russia.”
He said the sanctions imposed against SA during apartheid were different.
“What succeeded was negotiations. Negotiations brought an end to the apartheid nightmare and conflict, and Chancellor Scholz understands the position we have taken.”