Contributing to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine constitutes a top priority for the Albanian OSCE Presidency in 2020, said OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Albanian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Edi Rama.
“Contributing to a peaceful resolution constitutes a top priority for the Albanian OSCE Presidency in 2020. That is why I wanted to start my official visits to Ukraine in my first month in this position”, Rama said after wrapping up a two-day visit to Ukraine.
He believed the “crisis in and around Ukraine” to be the most pressing challenge for security and stability in Europe today.
During his stay in Kiev, Rama met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko and Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov. Rama also welcomed the decisive action taken by the Ukrainian leadership for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. He pledged to strive to ensure that the OSCE principles and commitments are respected and that the Minsk agreements are fully implemented by all parties.
“Our goal is first and foremost to ensure a complete and sustainable ceasefire. In 2020 we will try to improve the security situation and the daily lives of people living in conflict-affected areas”, Rama added.
Following the meetings in Kiev, the President-in-Office visited Eastern Ukraine on January 21 to gain first-hand experience of the security and humanitarian situation in conflict-affected areas and to monitor the practical impact of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in the field. Visiting the repaired and reopening bridge at Stanytsia Luhanska, Rama described it as “an excellent representation of what political goodwill can achieve and how improved security and the ease of people’s hardships go hand in hand”.
Rama expressed his strong support for the efforts of the Normandy Format and the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).
“Repeating the dialogue and the results of the Normandy Summit constitute steps in the right direction; however, much remains to be done, as it is a long way to achieving lasting peace.
My Special Representative to Ukraine and at TCG, Ambassador Heidi Grau, will study the best way to move the process forward”, he concluded. /ibna