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Ukraine concluded WTO negotiations with Armenia and Columbia

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News / 17 March 2006 | 17:42

Ukraine concluded WTO negotiations with Armenia and Columbia

Ukraine concluded WTO negotiations with Armenia and Columbia

Ukraine has concluded talks with Armenia and Columbia relating to the World Trade Organization bills, RIA Novosti informed Friday referring to Ukraine Economy Ministry.

“We have concluded the WTO accession talks with Armenia and Columbia,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, adding that there have also been positive developments in the negotiations with Australia.

The minister said that Ukraine intends to intensify the negotiating process now when  the bilateral agreement with the United States has been passed.

A presidential administration official previously said that the country could complete talks on joining the body governing global trade before the end of March 2006.

Ukraine has signed protocols with the majority of WTO members, including with the United States on March 2, on mutual access to commodities and services markets. In mid-February, the U.S. granted it market economy status after the European Union declared Ukraine a market economy at the end of 2005.

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PM Yekhanurov: To join NATO is not a pressing question

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News / 17 March 2006 | 17:22

To join NATO is not a pressing question

PM Yekhanurov: To join NATO is not a pressing question

Taking the floor in Donetsk National Technical University, PM Yekhanurov claimed NATO accession is not a question of current importance for now.

“It is necessary to find out what it really is. I was told that there is nothing to be afraid of – just a defensive bloc, nothing else. I want all Ukraine to hear about it. It is not a pressing question,” stressed Yekhanurov.

He also mentioned that if one third of Ukraine’s population stands for NATO and two thirds stands against it, Ukraine will not join NATO.

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The First Lady of Ukraine founded medical centre

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News / 17 March 2006 | 17:02

The First Lady of Ukraine founded medical centre

The First Lady of Ukraine founded medical centre

Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Humanitarian Premier, Yuriy Polyachenko, Health Minister, and Ihor Tarasyuk, Head of the State Affairs Administration, placed a capsule into the foundation stone of a Center for Maternal and Child Health, which is going to be built at the Feofania Clinic.

“Working in the foundation and often visiting hospitals in Kyiv and all around the country, we understand that the problem of children’s health care must be resolved systematically. We also understand that the best state health program cannot resolve all problems. No country in the world, however rich it is, fully funds its medical sector. The modern medical system is impossible without private donations made by companies, philanthropists, NGOs and average donors that want to do something to save lives of children. Today we are taking the first step in making our biggest dream to build Europe’s best hospital for children come true,” Mrs. Yushchenko said in her speech.

Ukraine 3000 sealed an agreement and a protocol of intentions with Genesis Eurasia Corporation, an American company with headquarters in Houston, Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, Ukraine 3000 will establish a charitable foundation and Genesis will fund the construction of the center. Ukraine 3000 also signed an agreement and a protocol of intentions with Transbank, the President press office told.

The foundation plans to build a multidirectional medical facility to help children and pregnant women, develop pediatric aid and surgically treat pathologies still considered to be inoperable in our country. It will have three hundred beds and employ Ukraine’s best specialists.

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The miners to launch strike after the election in Ukraine

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News / 17 March 2006 | 16:48

The miners to launch strike after the election in Ukraine

The miners to launch strike after the election in Ukraine

All-Ukrainian Miners Strike will be launched after the election, Victor Yanukovich the Party of Regions leader stated at the press conference in Yenakiyevo Metallurgical Works.

The miners agreed to postpone the strike at the instance of the PR. “We asked them to make it for the strike not to be called a kind of political propaganda on the eve of the election,”

“The coal industry is in a poor state. Our government is talking about development strategies of the coal industry and energy field of Ukraine. But in fact it is only talks,” stressed Yanukovich. The PR backs the coming miners’ strike.

As a reminder, the strikes will launch on April 10. The corresponding decision was passed March 14 at the IV plenary session of the Central Committee of the Coal Industry Trade Union.

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Book about Yulia Timoshenko

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News / 17 March 2006 | 16:20

Book about Yulia Timoshenko

Book about Yulia Timoshenko

The book about Yulia Timoshenko hits the stalls in Germany and Russia this month. It is written by Dmitry Popov, the German journalist, in collaboration with his Russian colleague, Ilya Milstain, who lives and works in Germany now. The book will be presented March18  at the famous Leipzig book fair.

According to Dmitry Popov, this book is written for the Western reader in the first place, and it is the first book dedicated to a Ukrainian politic which is published in the West.

“The book is already pre-ordered by all the national newspapers of Germany, the research institutes and the fund organizations that form not only the official German policy towards Ukraine, but the public opinion, too,” he says.

Ilya Milstain describes the book as “attempt to look narrowly at a portrait of one of Ukraine’s leaders”.

Both authors do not expect the book, which is objective and critical enough, to be enjoyed by fans or haters of its main character. “I reckon on the reader who is clever, skeptical, tired ofall thehidden political quarrels, but who would not give up his or her hope for the better,” Ilya says.

As the authors’ agent Galina Dursthoff announced, first printing of the German version of the book would amount to 5,000 of copies, though the next printing is being prepared for.

According to the book’s Russian publisher Olga Morozova, the first printing for Russian market would amount to 10,000 of copies.

The book has been published in Germany by DuMont publishing house, Tymoshenko’s press ofice reported.

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Ukrainians made record-breaking samovar

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News / 17 March 2006 | 14:50

Ukrainians made record-breaking samovar

Ukrainians made record-breaking samovar

Ukraine could soon host a tea party that would even impress Alice in Wonderland, as local craftsmen have made a giant samovar capable of serving up a cup for about 1,800 people, RIA Novosty reported Friday.

According to “Fakty i Kommentarii”, the huge utensil, versions of which have been used in Slavic nations for making tea for centuries, has been named Kharkov in honor of the city where it was made. It is 1.8 meters high, weighs about 305 kilograms (670 lbs) and can contain a whopping 360 liters (95 gallons) of water.

The samovar, which is seen as a key image in the plays of Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, is a traditionally handmade and expensive item. It took 40 craftsmen in eastern Ukraine three months to make this particular attribute of a cozy and hospitable household at a cost of nearly $100,000. In Chekhov’s era, the water was heated up by burning wood or coal, but the newspaper said the new giant could also work on electricity.

A representative of the Guinness Book of Records in Ukraine, Igor Pidchiba, said the samovar was, indeed, the biggest in the world, which means that the Lewis Carroll’s heroine and all her friends would have more than enough for everyone and probably all of their relatives.

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Yushchenko: We mustn’t bargain for positions before elections

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News / 17 March 2006 | 14:30

We mustn't bargain for positions before elections

Yushchenko: We mustn’t bargain for positions before elections

In an interview with Silski Visti (Rural News), Victor Yushchenko said the terms of a coalition agreement can only be negotiated after the March 26 vote, President’s press office reported.

“The ‘orange’ forces mustn’t discuss any positions before the election, for we cannot decide which position this or that leader will hold having no particular goals and not knowing election results,” he said.

The Head of State also opined that political parties should unite to uphold key principles determining our home and foreign policy and all politicians are to give up their personal ambitions and party interests for the sake of Ukraine. Besides, Yushchenko added that he would actively participate in coalition talks.

“This is my obligation and my responsibility for the country and its future,” he said.

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"Future Parliamentary Coalition-2006 " conference was held in Kyiv

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News / 17 March 2006 | 14:20

"Future Parliamentary Coalition-2006 " conference was held in Kyiv

"Future Parliamentary Coalition-2006 " conference was held in Kyiv

On March 16, 2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk took part at the conference “Future Parliamentary Coalition-2006 and Foreign Policy Course of Ukraine”, press office of the Foreign Ministry reported.

While opening the conference Mr Tarasyuk expressed confidence that strategic directions of Ukrainian foreign and internal policy – the integration to the European and Euro-Atlantic structures – would remain unchanged after the parliamentary elections.

Large number of Ukrainian experts, political scientists, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, political parties, and blocks took part at the event, which was organized by the Institute of Foreign Policy of the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine together with regional office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

The most urgent foreign policy topics of Ukraine, such as a reflection of internal situation in the country, relations with Russia in programs of political parties and blocks, issues of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, were discussed at the conference.

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