During its chairmanship of the OSCE in 2013, Ukraine intends to raise the question of a return to the regime of control over conventional armed forces in Europe, foreign minister of Ukraine Kostyantyn Hryshchenko said during the international forum "Ukraine's non-aligned policy in the European context", held in Kyiv.

"We will make serious initiatives to return to the regime of controls on conventional armed forces in Europe. Ukraine is interested in existence and effectiveness of this regime, providing transparent and predictable military plans, placing the minimum of the armed forces, especially in border states, so that everyone is certain that the threat from either a minor or major political conflict does not turn into a military conflict," Hryshchenko said.

He also reminded that such principles of the OSCE as democratic principles and monitoring of elections remain priorities for Ukraine.

The head of the Foreign Ministry acknowledged that the implementation of such initiatives will take years. "The task of our presidency is to give a push, to give an opportunity to seriously think about what we can do together," Hryshchenko said.

The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was signed on December 19, 1990 in Paris, by 16 NATO member states and the six Warsaw Pact member states. The parties to the Treaty were allowed to have an equal number of conventional weapons and military equipment.
The adapted version of the document was ratified only Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus in 1999.



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