Kyiv (QHA) - The role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been strengthened over the 11 months of Ukraine's OSCE presidency. Ukrainian Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Leonid Kozhara said this at the 20th OSCE Ministerial meeting in Kyiv on Thursday, Ukrinform reports. "In 2013, we managed to conduct a number of joint actions, and each of them was a step towards greater unification of OSCE, as well as the strengthening of OSCE's importance," he said. He said that after assuming OSCE chairmanship, Ukraine sought to "build a bridge between different states that are part of the organization." Kozhara also said that Ukraine had managed to strengthen OSCE's impact on the settlement of global security issues, including the fight against cybercrime, proliferation of weapons, as well as energy security. OSCE's contribution to global efforts to combat and counter transnational threats was strengthened this year, he added. In addition, Kozhara said, there is also an achievement in the fight against today's "plague" - human trafficking. "By approving the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, we will strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the fight against this in the OSCE area," he said, adding that work has also been conducted to resolve international conflicts. During the ministerial meeting Kozhara, as OSCE chairperson-in-office, also urged member states to continue to devote more efforts to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the OSCE.

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