Mission’s chances of success are greater if Cameron is not present

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Sir, Amid all the political flak aimed at David Cameron from both the right and left (and your editorial “Britain’s drift to the foreign policy sidelines”, February 7) over his non-involvement in the Merkel/Hollande Ukrainian initiative, no thought seems to have been given as to whether his presence might have been helpful or not.

In such circumstances it is essential that mediators are seen as even-handed by both warring parties. As the UK’s foreign policy continues to be written in Washington, it seems extremely unlikely that Russia would see Mr Cameron as an honest broker. The limited chances of success for this mission are therefore enhanced by his non-involvement, which must surely be the most important consideration.

James Maguire

London SW19, UK

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