Reversing the Logic of Escalation in Ukraine: Next Steps by the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship

Reversing the Logic of Escalation in Ukraine: Next Steps by the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship

Voices of Ukraine

Bern, 06.05.2014 – Vienna, 6 May 2014
Austrian Presidency of the Council of Europe
Speech by the President of the Swiss Confederation,
Mr. Didier Burkhalter

Dear colleagues

I am grateful that we are having this debate on Ukraine. We have reached a pivotal moment, both for Ukraine and for Europe. It is important that we do not turn our backs against each other in this situation. Rather, we should all commit to resolving this crisis through dialogue.

As you know, Switzerland is chairing the OSCE this year. From the beginning of our Chairmanship, we have been closely involved in efforts to assist Ukraine in resolving this crisis. I take the liberty of addressing you here as Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE. And I wish to make four main points:

First, we need to reverse the logic of escalation that has marked this crisis so far.

Just a few months ago, in…

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