Ukraine willing to deepen cooperation with OSCE

15:14, February 08, 2011      

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said here on Monday that his country is willing to deepen cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), pledging to support further talks on the settlement of the Transdnestr issue.

"We attach great importance to deepening overall cooperation with the OSCE under the chairmanship of Lithuania and see it as one of our foreign priorities," Yanukovych said during a meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, whose country holds the OSCE rotating presidency.

Yanukovych highly appreciated Lithuania's position on maintaining the continuity of OSCE policies, saying that Ukraine would fully adhere to this principle while taking over the rotating chairmanship in 2013.

"I will personally supervise Ukraine's preparatory work for the chairmanship in the OSCE," he said.

Yanukovych also discussed the Transdnestr issue with Azubalis, stressing the issue should be resolved through negotiations as soon as possible.

"Ukraine stands for the early resumption of talks on the Transdnestr problem and we will support all efforts by our partners," noted the Ukrainian leader.

The Transdnestr region is located in east Moldova with a majority of Russian-ethnic population. It declared the founding of a breakaway republic along the banks of the Dnestr river in September 1990. Since 1992, Russia has been involved in the conflict between the local Russians and the Moldovan authorities.

Talks on the future of the Transdnestr region in the "five-plus- two" format, involving Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, Moldova and Transdnestr, with the United States and the EU as observers, have been frozen since February 2006.

Azubalis arrived in Kiev on Sunday for a three-day official visit to Ukraine.

Source: Xinhua

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