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Priorities of Ukraine's OSCE Chairmanship in 2013
13 May 2013 17:47

Key issues of Ukraine’s priorities for the 2013 OSCE Chairmanship are resolution of protracted conflicts, combating trafficking in human beings and promotion of the media freedom.

Ukraine’s priorities for 2013 include negotiations on the Transdniestrian settlement, the Geneva Discussions on the August 2008 conflict in Georgia and talks on Azerbaijan’s Mountainous Karabakh led by the OSCE Minsk Group.

Ukraine is convinced that the so-called protracted conflicts continue to represent a serious threat to regional stability. Helping the parties to find a political solution should remain the highest priority for the OSCE, the Chairmanship and for all participating States.

Ukraine attaches great importance to continuing efforts aimed at strengthening arms control mechanisms and confidence- and security building measures.

Ukraine actively engages to counter transnational threats such as terrorism, organized crime, and trafficking in human beings, weapons and drugs. In economic area the Chairmanship focuses on environmental aspects of energy-related activities.

Promoting implementation of existing commitments in the human dimension, media freedom and youth human rights education are also top priorities for the Ukrainian Chairmanship.

Ukraine is certain that the OSCE participating States should examine the security implications of the planned withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan in 2014 and potential OSCE responses.

Ukraine proceeds from the understanding that the OSCE stands out amongst international organizations and remains an indispensable platform for inclusive dialogue. Ukrainian Chairmanship’s overarching goal is to strengthen that role.

Ukraine welcomes the adoption of the Dublin Ministerial Council decision on the Helsinki+40 process as it registered  the determination of all the Participating States to launch a result-oriented dialogue on many key issues leading up to the 40th Helsinki Final Act anniversary of 2015. In this context Ukrainian Chairmanship decided to establish an open-ended Helsinki+40 Working Group to drive this process forward.

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