Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation and Chairperson-in-Office, stated this on the OSCE annual conference in Vienna, Censor.NET reports, citing the Swiss government website.
"The Ukraine crisis has dominated the Swiss Chairmanship from the start," he emphasized.
"Ukraine faces a profound crisis today: its territorial integrity is being disrespected, economic and energy challenges are mounting; and relations with Russia are strained.
Related to these developments, European security has deteriorated too. Relations between Russia and the West have taken a negative turn. Sanctions, mutual accusations and threats, and mistrust point to the risk of polarisation and estrangement. European security as a common project has been put in doubt.
The dynamics of the Ukraine crisis have been a painful reminder that peace and security in Europe cannot be taken for granted. Indeed, these dynamics have demonstrated how important it is that we constantly rebuild and preserve peace through cooperative efforts. The past few months have underlined the fact that the OSCE has an important role to play in this regard," the statement says.
Burkhalter suggests that the "OSCE should collectively work to do three things:
- assist Ukraine in peacefully resolving the crisis;
- reconsolidate European security as a common project; and
- strengthen the OSCE as an anchor of cooperative security."
One can find the full text of the speech on the Swiss government website.