In the evening of Thursday, March 17, the Instagram account of the Monegasque princely palace published an unpublished speech of Albert II about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In this speech, the prince revealed his solidarity plan to help refugees.
The whole world is looking towards Ukraine, which is suffering the full force of the violent Russian offensive. The leaders of the Old Continent are particularly mobilized on the issue and many of them have expressed their desire to reach out to war refugees. A surge of solidarity in which the Monegasque principality took part. “My dear compatriots, dear residents, dear friends, since February 24, the invasion of Ukraine, the humanitarian situation has been deteriorating day by day. […] The Principality of Monaco joins the call of the international community for the respect of humanitarian law,” Albert II of Monaco solemnly announced in an address from the princely palace, posted on Instagram on March 17.
In this brief, but oh so important speech, the companion of Charlene of Monaco – back in the Principality after his health concerns – detailed the main lines of this humanitarian aid plan that will be implemented in the coming days on The Rock: “We will participate in this momentum to our extent and with the means that are ours. Our schools, our volunteers and our available resources will be mobilized to welcome, accompany and support these displaced and vulnerable people.” He added: “The Monegasque Red Cross will also bring all its expertise in humanitarian crisis management and I know that other Monegasque civil society identities are also hard at work to support the efforts deployed on a local and international scale.”
Albert of Monaco calls for “an immediate cease-fire”
On Instagram on Monday, February 28, 2022, Prince Albert II of Monaco had already spoken out on the conflict, issuing a press release calling for peace: “His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine. His Serene Highness expresses his full solidarity with the Ukrainian population victim of military operations and bombings and supports the calls for an immediate ceasefire.” A firmness that his compatriots had applauded.
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