Delivered by Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, at the special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 November 2015
Ukraine has aligned itself with the statement made by the Delegation of the European Union which we fully support. Now I would like to make some additional remarks in the national capacity.
Let me start by expressing heartfelt condolences on behalf of Ukraine to the families and friends of the innocent victims of terrorist acts in Paris and wishing speedy recovery to the wounded. In these difficult moments Ukraine mourns together with the French nation for terrible losses.
The news of the tragedy in Paris caused by the heinous terrorist attacks was received with deep shock and grief in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine and the President of the Republic of Slovenia, who was on a visit to Ukraine, issued a joint statement, expressing deepest condolences, solidarity with the French people and stating, in particular:
“This outrageous strike in the heart of Paris has been aimed at not only killing hundreds of peaceful civilians and intimidating millions of Europeans but also at undermining the core European values and multiethnic peace.
We are convinced that the terrorist threat to international peace must be decisively and swiftly tackled by a strong consolidated response of the global community. There must be a clear-cut preventive message sent to those, who support or encourage in any way the terrorist organizations and activities…”.
The President of Ukraine emphasised that we stand side by side with the French people in the fight against terror at the time when France, Europe and the entire world stand side by side with Ukraine in our fight against terrorism on the Ukrainian territory.
I kindly request, Mr. Chairperson, that this statement be attached to the journal of this meeting.
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.