Delivered by Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, to the 1173rd meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, 25 January 2018
The delegation of Ukraine warmly welcomes President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Mr. George Tsereteli to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his comprehensive address. We congratulate Mr. G.Tsereteli on assumption of the President’s duties and wish him every success in his activities.
We very much welcome this opportunity to exchange views on enhancing co-operation between the inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary parts of the OSCE which both aim at promoting peace, security, common values and co-operation, underpinned by respect for the OSCE principles and commitments, starting from the Helsinki Final Act.
The members of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine actively participate in the Assembly’s meetings and make substantive contributions by putting forward draft resolutions addressing the most pressing challenges to security in the OSCE space.
We appreciate, Mr. President, your visit to Ukraine last week. The high-level meetings with the parliamentary and executive authorities of the country have reaffirmed Ukraine’s respect for the OSCE PA and the essential role of parliamentary diplomacy on matters of security, democratic institutions, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.