On May 8, 2013, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Leonid Kozhara attended the hearings of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), which took place in the Congress of the United States and were devoted to the implementation of the priorities of Ukraine’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2013.
Speaking to U.S. lawmakers, officials and diplomatic corps, L.Kozhara emphasized the initiatives of the Ukrainian chairmanship in human dimension as well as the steps taken to resolve protracted conflicts in the OSCE area.
In particular, in his speech the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE underlined that «we take the view that lasting and sustainable peace can only be achieved by pursuing a balanced approach across all three dimensions – the political and military, the environmental and economic as well as the human dimension».
The members of the Helsinki Commission highly praised Ukraine’s balanced approach to the OSCE activities across all of the three dimensions. Recognized specifically were the steps taken by Ukraine aimed at enhancing OSCE cooperation in the fields of combating human trafficking, countering intolerance, discrimination and anti-Semitism as well as resolving protracted conflicts.
During the hearings, the sides also exchanged views on the issues of U.S.-Ukraine agenda, reforms in Ukraine and advancement of our country on its course to European integration, including signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
In the photo: Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Leonid Kozhara at the hearings of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) in the Congress of the United States