German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Bundestag, when speaking about the tasks of Germany as OSCE chairing country in the forthcoming year, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"We're intending to use the tools and the OCSE negotiating platform in full scale during the time of our chairmanship … to resolve conflicts not only in Ukraine, but in the Middle East as well," the minister said.
The diplomat also called "cooperation instead of confrontation, a dialog instead of silence" and the policy of "small steps" the efficient principles.
"The role of OSCE in resolving Ukrainian conflict has shown that it is an efficient tool," the German foreign minister said adding that the Minsk process would not have progressed so far "without the OSCE and without brave persons in the monitoring mission and the Trilateral Group."
The minister reminded that at the beginning of the conflict "there were those who called on the arms supplies to Ukraine to resist aggression, there were others who talked about inadmissibility of applying sanctions for diplomatic efforts," but foreign ministries of Germany and France did not follow such advices and offered another way - political process in spite of all the difficulties.
"Of course, the success of our efforts is not guaranteed. But we've come a long way," the German minister said .