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Hungary supports strengthening the role of OSCE, “which acts as the last channel for East-West dialogue”, in peacebuilding, the foreign minister has said.

Maintaining dialogue between the parties was the only way that could lead to peace in Ukraine, Péter Szijjártó said at a joint press conference in Budapest with North Macedonia counterpart Bujar Osmani. “We Hungarians who live here in the neighbourhood of war want peace as soon as possible,” he said. “Every single day that is spent in war brings more deaths and more destruction. The propaganda that better conditions for a peace agreement can be won on the battlefield is false. The conditions for peace negotiations are much better today than they will be tomorrow, and today they are much worse than they were yesterday,” he said. “Therefore, the Hungarian government strongly supports the North Macedonian presidency [of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] so that the OSCE can continue to serve as a communication channel between East and West, Russia and the western half of Europe,” he said.