Kyiv Security Forum

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Over 300 participants from 22 countries around the world witnessed the opening of the First Kyiv Security Forum “Frozen Conflicts Resolution: Security and Stability in the Black Sea Region”, a new platform for European security architecture. On November 14-15, 2007, a number of Foreign Ministers of the BCES countries, ambassadors, a representative of the U.S. Department of State, and 35 reputable foreign experts from key analytical centers and universities of the world were able to articulate their opinions and viewpoints.

Independent experts from Ukraine, USA and European Union countries shaped perspectives on conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space and evaluated the conflicts in Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

To deepen comprehension of this topic in Ukrainian society, the Foundation held a discussion with journalists working in the crisis spots and with scientists, and conducted an internet quiz with 100 students from the colleges and universities all over Ukraine. Scientists recommended that Ukraine should be an active contributor to security in the region, to take part in regional security regimes and the work of international organizations, and to propose initiatives for the resolution of pressing issues for political, social and economic development. Among other things, it should also include intermediary services in “frozen conflicts”.

The Forum resulted in a better understanding of the unique situation of each conflict, deeper analysis of weak and strong sides of the existing resolution mechanisms, and recommendations for international and regional organizations to contribute to strengthening security and stability in the Black Sea region. The Forum proceedings were widely featured in the media.

The Kyiv Security Forum as an international initiative, secures implementation of the European dimension of Ukraine’s foreign policy; it is listed among the projects of the government plan “Ukrainian breakthrough” and is one of the foreign policy priorities for 2008.

The Second Kyiv Security Forum on the topic of energy security will take place in October 2008

The Forum was started by Open Ukraine Foundation and was conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in partnership with the Institute of Foreign Policy, Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine. In addition to the donation from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the event was also supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Head of the Parliament of Ukraine:
“For the first time in its history, Ukraine has proclaimed itself as one of the key donors in the world to European security…”

Kalman Miszei, EU Special Representative for the Republic of Moldova:
“It is important to remember that all conflicts are different due to their origins and specific characteristics. One needs to avoid oversimplification and stereotypes; we cannot find a one-size-fits-all solution to them…”

David Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State:
“We must not let developments elsewhere become a precedent when they really have nothing to do with unique situations and conflicts in the Black Sea region…”