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  • 12 September 2017

    “Following another year of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, we need active leadership in the OSCE,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said during his meeting with the new OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, who assumed this post on 18 July 2017.

     

    The meeting took place on the sidelines of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, which was opened by Poland’s Foreign Minister and the OSCE Secretary General. The meeting agenda covered European security, specifically how to strengthen the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, foster the OSCE’s political-military dimension and the future of its human dimension.


    “Your experience in chairing the OSCE Permanent Council during Switzerland’s 2014 OSCE Chairmanship will no doubt be useful in leading the Organization during a challenging period,” said the minister, congratulating the new Secretary General on his appointment. “You can count on Poland’s support as you fulfil this responsible function,” noted the Polish top diplomat.


    Minister Witold Waszczykowski also provided Poland’s assessment of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and emphasized that the OSCE needs to continue to be engaged in efforts to resolve it. “Poland will continue its substantial engagement in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. Our goal should be to ensure safety to the monitors and to make sure that the Mission can effectively implement its mandate,” said the MFA head. They also discussed the possible establishment of a UN mission in Ukraine that would act in collaboration with the OSCE. They agreed that the mission’s success would depend on developing its mandate in close cooperation and with the consent of the Ukrainian side.


    Poland’s active participation in the politico-military dimension of the OSCE’s work was underscored during the meeting. Thomas Greminger thanked for Poland’s initiatives contributing to transparency and rebuilding trust, including its proposals for modernizing the Vienna Document.


    Ambassador Thomas Greminger was appointed Secretary General of the OSCE on 18 July 2017. In 2010-2015 he was the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE. During Switzerland’s 2014 OSCE Chairmanship he played an important role in establishing the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.


    MFA Press Office

     

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski meets with the new OSCE Secretary General
    Minister Witold Waszczykowski meets with the new OSCE Secretary General
    Minister Witold Waszczykowski meets with the new OSCE Secretary General
    Minister Witold Waszczykowski meets with the new OSCE Secretary General

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