On December 1, the 29th meeting of the OSCE Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in the Polish city of Lodz.
At the opening of the ministerial meeting, President of Poland Andzej Duda made an opening speech.
Then the Chairman-in-Office, Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Zbignev Rau, opened the meeting. In his speech, Z.Rau said: «Faced with an unprecedented crisis caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, my Chairman’s team and I have taken upon ourselves the responsibility to defend the principles of the OSCE and protect its assets, namely its institutions, activities, projects and, most importantly, what matters is its achievements... I couldn't choose another course. We were and are guided by the spirit of the Helsinki Agreements».
Chairperson of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Margareta Cederfelt: «We cannot tolerate impunity. This OSCE Ministerial Council must take steps to create a high-level body to examine the damage the Russian Federation has caused to Ukraine and to assess the reparations for which Russia should be held accountable. Russia started this war, and it must pay for it».
OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmit: «Russia’s war is having a devastating impact on Ukraine and its people. To its neighbors. And in the face of this devastation, the OSCE continues to support Ukraine, including through the new fully donor-funded Ukraine Support Programme, as well as its support to other countries, including Moldova, Central Asia and Southeast Europe. The OSCE has unique expertise and unique access, and I believe we owe it to the 1.3 billion people who call our region home to continue this vital work».
Then the floor was given to the heads of delegations. The first of them was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba.
D.Kuleba voiced 10 points of the “Peace Formula” proposed by President Vladimir Zelensky:
— Radiation and nuclear safety;
— Food security;
— Energy security;
— Release of all prisoners and deportees; — Implementation of the UN Charter and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and world order;
— Withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities;
— Restoration of justice;
— Countering ecocide;
— Preventing escalation;
— Confirmation of the end of the war.
After which the floor was presented to other delegations in turn.
The meeting lasted 2 days.
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