Protracted conflicts, arms control, trafficking in human beings top agenda as Ukraine takes over OSCE Chair

Protracted conflicts, arms control, trafficking in human beings top agenda as Ukraine takes over OSCE Chair
# 01 January 2013 10:48 (UTC +04:00)

Ukraine will seek to make progress on resolving protracted conflicts, strengthening conventional arms control, combating human trafficking, reducing the environmental impact of energy-related activities, and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms as OSCE Char, APA reports. The priorities today were announced by the new OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara.

Minister Kozhara highlighted his country’s role and experience as a co-mediator and guarantor in the Transdniestrian settlement process and welcomed the momentum achieved in these talks over the past year. He stressed the need to continue to make progress in this and other protracted conflicts in the region.

“We must re-energize negotiations within the existing formats and prevent any escalation in tensions. The resolution of protracted conflicts must remain the highest priority for the OSCE and all participating States,” he said.

He praised the achievements of the outgoing Irish Chairmanship and pledged to take forward the ‘Helsinki +40’ process agreed at the Dublin Ministerial meeting last December to develop the Organization’s strategic path in the run up to the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act in 2015.

The Minister will present Ukraine’s priorities

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