MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to join efforts in peacekeeping with Switzerland to contribute to peace in the region, Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told journalists on 13 February, BelTA has learned.
“Today we have discussed pooling our efforts in the international scene that are aimed at resolving conflicts which, unfortunately, exist in our region and in the world,” Vladimir Makei said. “We are ready to join efforts in peacekeeping with Switzerland and do everything to make our joint activities and cooperation contribute to peace and security for the sake of future generations,” he added.
According to Vladimir Makei, Switzerland played an important role at the early stage of settling the conflict in Ukraine. “We believe that during the Swiss chairmanship [in the OSCE] in 2014, the parties signed crucial documents that prevented the Ukrainian crisis from worsening,” the minister noted. “The existence of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine with a Swiss special representative [Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Heidi Grau] is possible thanks to Switzerland's peaceful foreign policy activities,” Vladimir Makei added.