The OSCE meeting in Kiev has not been canceled
Today the 20th OSCE ministerial meeting, which will be the culmination in the chairmanship of Ukraine in this organization, starts in Kiev. The event will be held on December 5-6 in International Exhibition Center. The OSCE meeting will be attended by the delegations of about 60 participant states, 11 partner states, the representatives of the UN, the Council of Europe, NATO and the CIS.
The Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara, while welcoming the guests, said that the current congress of the Council of Ministers is held «with the backdrop of the peaceful public demonstrations in Kiev, which confirms that Ukraine observes the human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression, the freedom of assembly and of association.» «Peaceful political dialog and measures taken in accordance with the national legislation are the only effective way, which corresponds to the interests of stable and prosperous Ukraine,» said the Minister.
The protests in Ukraine will be one of the main issues of this meeting, despite the fact that it was planned long before Euromaidan.
Earlier the representatives of the OSCE sent the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Leonid Kozhara a letter about the actions of the law enforcement officers on Maidan. The representatives of the opposition and a number of experts were sure that the European diplomats would boycott the meeting. But the forecasts did not come true. At the moment only the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain William Hague did not confirm his participation.
This year Ukraine presides in the OSCE.