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President of Moldova urges to join efforts for Transdniestrian settlement

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News / 2 December 2005 | 17:51

President of Moldova urges to join efforts for Transdniestrian settlement

President of Moldova urges to join efforts for Transdniestrian settlement

Victor Yushchenko met with Moldova’s President Vladimir Voronin in order to formulate a Joint action plan.

The sides discussed ways to settle the Transdniestrian conflict and to transport goods through the Transdniestrian part of our border. Yushchenko informed his counterpart that Ukraine intended to open its consulate in Moldova.

The Presidents said relations between our countries were developing rather dynamically.

They also discussed potential projects the two states could implement within the framework of the newly established Community of Democratic Choice.

“For the first time of our settlements we use a new logic and it lets us solve the conflict with dignity…Taking into consideration Yushchenko’s plan, Moldova has managed to reach the interior unity of political forces,” stressed Voronin.

“I am sure that if we unite our efforts we will effectively reach European criteria of democracy, social development and life-standards,” added Moldova’s President.

He also urged the participants to create GUAM parliamentary assembly, to join the markets into unitary resources in order to adjust themselves to possible entry into the EU or in case of the EU would postpone the entry for the long-range outlook.

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Yushchenko met with Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania

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News / 2 December 2005 | 17:16

Yushchenko met with Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania

Yushchenko met with Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania

Victor Yushchenko met with President Vaira Vika-Freiberga of Latvia to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the President’s press office reported.

The Head of State asked her to recognize officially 1932-1933 famine as genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

 
The sides also agreed to activate political contacts between the states.

Victor Yushchenko also conducted a meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus.

Besides the discussion of economic cooperation between the two countries, they also spoke about Ukraine’s EU integration.

Yushchenko said he was grateful to his counterpart for supporting our reforms and thanked Lithuanian parliamentarians for recognizing 1932-1933 famine as genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

The leadersalso agreed to enhance political cooperation between the states.

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Kyiv welcomes Ukrainian and European regional representatives

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News / 2 December 2005 | 16:53

Kyiv welcomes Ukrainian and European regional representatives

Kyiv welcomes Ukrainian and European regional representatives

On December 5-6, the enlarged session of joint working group of European Local and Regional Authorities Congress on Regional Policy will take place in Kyiv, Kyiv City Administration press service told.

The participants of the meeting will also consider the items of Ukrainian regional policy.

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Yushchenko to control gas transit issue personally

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News / 2 December 2005 | 16:40

Yushchenko to control gas transit issue personally

Yushchenko to control gas transit issue personally

In an interview with reporters in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko said all problems of Russian gas supplies would be solved by the end of this year. He also underlined that he would control this issue personally.

The President urged all not to speak about possible failures to transit Russian gas through Ukraine. He reiterated that five years ago Ukraine had signed a transit document.

 
“By this document we certify that Ukraine is fully responsible for the transit of gas to Europe,” he stressed.

“I would ask not to dispute over a possibility of obstacles in the gas transit or its failure. Such question simply doesn’t exist,” declared the President, ForUm’s correspondent informed.

The Head of State added that the problem had been partly caused by such inefficient mechanisms of cooperation in the gas sector as barter and fixed prices.

“In addition to that, there is a difficult debt procedure, and Ukraine surprisingly agreed to pay all debts in five years, and many other things,” he said, the President’s press office reported.

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President Bush salutes leaders of democracy in Kyiv

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News / 2 December 2005 | 15:20

President Bush salutes leaders of democracy in Kyiv

President Bush salutes leaders of democracy in Kyiv

Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, the head of the U.S. delegation to the Forum of the Community of Democratic Choice in Kiev, Ukraine, today shared greetings from U.S. President Bush with her fellow delegates:

(Begin Message from President Bush)

I send greetings to those gathered for the Forum of the Community of Democratic Choice in Kiev, Ukraine.

Across the world, hearts and minds are opening to the message of human liberty. The past four decades have seen the swiftest advance of freedom in history, proving that the desire for justice, freedom, human rights, and accountable, representative government is universal.

The anniversary of the Orange Revolution was a powerful example of democracy for people around the world. When hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens stood up to defend democracy in their homeland, they showed that the love of liberty is stronger than the will of tyranny.

The work of democracy requires building and sustaining the institutions that support freedom. Democracies may look different from country to country, but all democratic nations must uphold the rule of law, limit the power of the state, and respect the rights of all citizens. Nations grow in strength not through conquest, but by allowing the talents and gifts of their people to flourish.

I appreciate the participants in the inaugural conference and all those who are working for the cause of freedom in the Baltic, Black Sea, and Caspian regions, and around the world. I also appreciated the strong leadership of President Yushchenko and President Saakashvili. Your efforts are an inspiration to all who love liberty.

America will stand with you as you continue to advance democracy and security and build a free future for your children and grandchildren. Together, we will send a message of hope that freedom will be the future for all nations and all people.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a successful meeting.

 
Signed: George W. Bush
 
Public Affairs Section, United States Embassy Kyiv

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Yushchenko urges colleagues to join GUAM

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2005


News / 2 December 2005 | 14:55

Yushchenko urges colleagues to join GUAM

Yushchenko urges colleagues to join GUAM

Victor Yushchenko urged leaders ofCaspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions to join the GUAM to implement joint projects, the President’s press office reported.

“I would like to ask my colleagues, presidents from that region, to consider their direct or associated membership in the GUAM to mobilize our efforts to implement vital economic projects,” Yushchenko said at a forum of the Community for Democratic Choice.

The Head of State stressed that the GUAM should work in two main directions to “search for partners that consolidate GUAM members.” He spelled out that we should first of all implement transportation and transit projects.The GUAM can also help settle conflicts in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Trans-dniester.

Speaking about the Trans-dniester conflict, Yushchenko reiterated that Ukraine firmly believed we should preserve “integrity of borders of the Republic of Moldova.” He said monitoring of the Ukraine-Moldova border in Trans-dniester, which had recently started, was important to achieve this goal.

The President also said we should involve the United States and the European Union in negotiating ways to settle the Trans-dniester conflict. He opined that this would “help to ensure stability and prosperity of the whole region.”

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Kyiv Forum of Democratic Choice is over

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News / 2 December 2005 | 14:33

Kyiv Forum of Democratic Choice is over

Kyiv Forum of Democratic Choice is over

Summing up the Forum, the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko said the countries of Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian regions have lots of things to do together: to fight corruption, shady economy and falsifications.

“These are problems which may not be resolved for one day. The example is Ukraine. And it is not only the question of funds but it is the big problem of social mentality,” stressed the President of Ukraine.

Addressing to the present authorities, Victor Yushchenko stated: “We must be united.”

The Head of the State thanked all participants for fruitful work and especially Mikhail Saakashvili as the initiator of the Forum.

The participants of the meeting approved the Declaration of the Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian Countries. It says about every possible support of aims and principles printed in UN Charter and the Human Rights Declaration.

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Russia grants Sevastopol $5.5 million

Posted by the Editor on December 2, 2005


News / 2 December 2005 | 13:49

Russia grants Sevastopol $5.5 million

Russia grants Sevastopol $5.5 million

Ukraine has got Russian financial support according to the bilateral intergovernmental agreement. It charges Russia with participation in social and economic development of Sevastopol and other locations of Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine.

Sevastopol City State Administration Chairman Serhiy Ivanov mentioned the funds would be spent on reconstruction of the roofs, the city sluice and other municipal needs.

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