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Interview for "ATA" (Albania) News Agency
09 February 2020 21:00

Ukrainian Ambassador: Albania’s OSCE Chairmanship to be successful, priorities presented by PM Rama extremely important

http://en.ata.gov.al/2020/02/09/ukrainian-ambassador-albanias-osce-chairmanship-to-be-successful-priorities-presented-by-pm-rama-extremely-important/

TIRANA, Feb 9 /ATA/-By Gjergji Mima/ – Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk has welcomed assumption of the OSCE Chairmanship for 2020 by Albania and the country’s program and priorities presented by Prime Minister Edi Rama to the United Nations Security Council few days ago, saying these priorities show Albania’s steadfast commitment to the OSCE principles.

In an interview with the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Ambassador Tsymbaliuk said that “Ukraine welcomed very much Albania’s OSCE Chairmanship and the fact that Albania decided to take over such a burden and great responsibility for this country. We also very much welcomed it because we have very good relations with Albania and the first priorities just presented by Prime Minister Edi Rama to the Permanent Security Council showed that Albania is firmly standing on the OSCE principles and commitments. This is really important to us and the principles of the territorial integrity and sovereignty are critically important to us, to Ukraine, which is fighting now in Donbass in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and occupied Crimea by Russia.”

“So, these are really important issues of territorial integrity and sovereignty for Ukraine. As to the priorities described by Prime Minister Rama, they are also important, through which the Organization will work, develop and remain a major player in Europe in terms of security and cooperation,” Ukrainian diplomat went on saying.

Ambassador Tsymbaliuk wish every success to Albania Chairmanship, voicing confidence that it will be a successful one, “because I know the delegation and my colleagues in Vienna, who are highly professional people and I am sure they will be able to implement the priorities which Prime Minister Rama explained.”

Commenting on Prime Minister Edi Rama’s recent visit to Ukraine in his capacity as the OSCE Chair, Tsymbaliuk told ATA “it is really a pleasure and privilege for Ukraine to welcome first the Prime Minister Rama in his capacity as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. I believe the visit also showed the importance the Albanian side as holder of the OSCE Chairmanship is paying to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in order to have it resolved or at least, to hopefully achieve a big progress in efforts to resolve that conflict.”

“I think that in this regard, Prime Minister Rama’s visit was very successful. He had top-level meetings, including the President of Ukraine, the Parliament Speaker, with the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” he said.

PM Rama has listed the conflict in and around Ukraine as one of top priorities for Albania’s OSCE Chairmanship and Tsymbaliuk said his country very much welcomes it.

“We welcomed this priorities, because it is high time for the OSCE to make crucial progress in this regard, because we have priorities in many areas that were described by Prime Minister Rama,” he said.

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