Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko has confirmed Ukraine's readiness to assume the presidency of  the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2013 and outlined a vision of the future priorities of Ukraine's OSCE presidency, he was speaking in Vienna at a meeting of the OSCE Standing Committee,  UKRINFORM reported.

The Ukrainian diplomat also briefed 56 heads of delegations of OSCE participating states on the main priorities of domestic and foreign policy of Ukraine. The minister stressed Ukraine's readiness to actively participate in discussions on the platform of the OSCE initiatives in strengthening the architecture of European security and promote a common vision among OSCE participating states of security threats and challenges and ways to overcome them.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister stressed the importance of strengthening the capacity of the OSCE in conflict prevention and settlement and ensuring the presence of the OSCE in conflict zones. He also reiterated Ukraine's readiness to continue its active participation in the Transnistrian settlement in the "5 +2" format based on maintaining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova. Hryshchenko appreciated the role of the OSCE in election observation in our state and in promoting democratic reforms, strengthening human rights and freedoms and the rule of law in OSCE participating states.

In a statement issued following Hryshchenko's speech, the European Union praised Ukraine's intention to assume the OSCE presidency in 2013 and encourage adherence to common values and commitments of the OSCE. The EU expressed continued support for Ukraine's European integration aspirations and the willingness to further promote the process of democratic reforms in our state. The EU welcomed Ukraine's steps in the sphere of free and democratic elections, the position of the head of state to ensure freedom of speech in Ukraine, the continuation of reforms in all areas.

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