Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko stressed Ukraine’s commitment to increasing the OSCE effectiveness in addressing conflicts.

Presenting the main tasks on Ukraine’s agenda for its 2013 Chairmanship, Gryshchenko touched upon protracted conflicts in the OSCE area, organization’s official website reports.

“A constantly growing stimulus should be given to the collective practical efforts aimed at resolving protracted conflicts in the OSCE area,” Gryshchenko said.

He stressed Ukraine’s commitment to the Transdniestrian settlement process by “actively facilitating progress in the established ‘5+2’ format”, and said that “sustainable and long-term settlement of the protracted conflicts in the OSCE area can be achieved only by peaceful means”.

Ukraine would seek to promote openness, transparency and co-operation: “This is particularly important for the security of those OSCE participating States that do not belong to any politico-military alliances.”