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KIEV, December 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has offered assistance to Ukraine in "establishing a peaceful political dialogue between the authorities and the opposition, the OSCE press service reported on Thursday."Respect for basic rights, such as the freedom of assembly, the expression of one's opinion, and making journalists' work possible, is utterly important for any society. In the obtaining situation the OSCE as organization and I personally are ready to give assistance in establishing a peaceful political dialogue between all the sides," Lamberto Zannier pointed out during a conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara.
Zannier welcomed a statement by the Ukrainian minister who promised to probe into the "excessive use of force" during the recent demonstrations in the Independence Square.
The meeting between Zannier and Kozhara was held ahead of the 20th session of the OSCE at Foreign ministers' level. The session begins in Kiev on Thursday.
High-level delegations of the OSCE's 57 member-states have arrived here to attend the session, with more than 30 of them being led by Foreign ministers. Delegations of eleven Partner Countries of the OSCE, and directors of OSCE institutions, and representatives of such international organizations as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the UN, the Council of Europe, NATO, etc. will also participate in the session.