Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said at the OSCE ministerial in Kyiv on Thursday that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, currently chaired by Ukraine, would increase the number of its observers at the presidential elections in Afghanistan in April, 2014.
"We all recognize the need to strengthen our presence and interaction in Afghanistan, especially in the context of the significant changes in that country and the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force next year," Kozhara said. He welcomed the recent decision to station an OSCE/ODIHR group at the elections in Afghanistan. "It will help strengthen international efforts aimed at achieving long-term stability and security in Afghanistan," he said. The day before, Kozhara met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird to inform him of the current situation in Ukraine. "The foreign ministers also discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation and the international agenda, primarily in the context of Ukraine's OSCE chairmanship," the Foreign Ministry reported.