Poland will help efforts aimed at peaceful solution of Ukrainian conflict - FM

The Polish foreign minister has stated that finding a solution to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict is one of the most important challenges in the field of European security.

"Poland will fully support all diplomatic steps aimed at a peaceful resolution of the situation inside and outside of Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk Agreements and in full respect of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognised borders," Minister Zbigniew Rau told a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Thursday.

Outlining priorities of Poland’s OSCE presidency in 2022, Rau named stability and security in the region as one of them, since the ongoing conflict in Ukraine "has already taken the lives of thousands of people."

Praising the role of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, he added that it should be able to fully and effectively implement its tasks.

The OSCE addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, human rights, national minorities, democratisation, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating states enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

Poland will take over the one-year OSCE rotating presidency on January 1, 2022. Poland held the organisation's chairmanship for the first time in 1998.