Ukraine could be a unifying force in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said at an OSCE summit in Astana, UKRINFORM reported.

Yanukovych said that the recent decision on Ukraine's chairmanship of the OSCE in 2013 was "a significant stimulus for self-improvement, the continuation of systemic reform and the development of a rich democratic society."

"I am confident that Ukraine is able to unite and be a unifying force in the OSCE. Due to our non-aligned status, we will be an 'honest broker' and will make every effort to strengthen the effectiveness of the organization in the interests of all of its members," the president said.

According to Yanukovych, unresolved conflicts currently pose the most serious challenge for the OSCE and the greatest threat to regional security and stability. "We stand for the search of mutually acceptable solutions to current conflicts in the region of the organization on the basis of the norms and principles of international law, in particular, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states," he said.

The president noted that Ukraine supported the strengthening and more effective application of the OSCE's mechanisms in the early warning and prevention of conflicts.

In his opinion, the European space needs effective international controls over the implementation of agreements already reached in the security sphere. "We need clear agreements, first and foremost, on confidence-building measures between all countries in Europe, regardless of their accession to military unions," he said.

Yanukovych said that Ukraine supported the strengthening of the OSCE's role in assessing and countering transnational threats and challenges, in particular, those related to international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal drug trade and cyber crime.

"Amid the global financial crisis, the OSCE can offer useful opportunities to maintain a political dialogue between states with a view to providing timely and adequate response to economic challenges," the president said.

Yanukovych drew attention to the fact that the real energy security and stability should be based on the common interests of all participants in the energy chain. "Ukraine has contributed and will contribute to seeking the OSCE's place and role in this dialogue," Yanukovych said.

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