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Archive for May 23rd, 2006

Presidents Ilham Aliev and Victor Yushchenko negotiate over the filling stations network

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 17:58

Presidents Ilham Aliev and Victor Yushchenko negotiate over the filling stations network

Presidents Ilham Aliev and Victor Yushchenko negotiate over the filling stations network

Commenting on the issues for today discussion, President Yushchenko revealed that the possibility of building the network of Azeri filling stations in Ukraine was under the discussion with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliev.

The corresponding working group on this issue will be formed in three days. It will be commissioned to work out the question at the expert and professional level. Then the project will be submitted to the consideration of Ukrainian and Azeri governments.

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NATO allocates funds for training course for the civil officials

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 17:32

NATO allocates funds for training course for the civil officials

NATO allocates funds for training course for the civil officials

NATO allocates $800,000 for training of the civil personnel working in the military departments of Ukraine, Leonid Holopatyuk, the Head of the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Department attached to the Ukraine’s Armed forces HQ, reported.

He stresses that the program will function until Ukraine needs it. Sixteen NATO countries became donors for this project.

The training contains foreign language study and several specifically professional courses. Fifteen graduates have recently completed their study according to this project.

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Ukraine’s Tender Chamber to investigate the Cabinet’s recent acquisition

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 17:08

Ukraine's Tender Chamber to investigate the Cabinet's recent acquisition

Ukraine’s Tender Chamber to investigate the Cabinet’s recent acquisition

Ukraine’s Tender Chamber is to investigate the fact of the Cabinet’s recent acquisition of a Mercedes at the cost of $660,000, First Vice-President Anton Yatsenko told Tuesday at the press conference.

“I suppose that regarding the response this acquisition got, we will request the Cabinet to provide materials concerning its tender,” Yatsenko opines adding that he has info about possible would-be-owner of the car at his disposal. According it, Mercedes was bought by the executive services for future Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Yatsenko cast doubt on the expedience of such expensive Cabinet’s purchase. “It is wrong to buy such expensive cars in such poor country as Ukraine,” concludes Yatsenko.

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Ukraine bans export of two Belarusian meat producers

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 16:41

Ukraine bans export of two Belarusian meat producers

Ukraine bans export of two Belarusian meat producers

Ukraine has banned the import of Belexpomos and Baranovichi Meat-Packing Plant production, Ukraine’s Agrarian Ministry press service reports.

May 23, these two Belarusian enterprises have been expelled from the register of the companies licensed to export production to Ukraine. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy sent an official letter with the explanations to the State Chief Veterinary Inspector of Belarus Aleksandr Aksyonov.

According to the report, the export production did not satisfy the veterinary standards. The violations were also confirmed by Belarusian inspectors of the meat-packing enterprises.

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Interior Minister Lutsenko on the incident with Prosecutor Kuzovkin

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 16:07

Interior Minister Lutsenko on the incident with Prosecutor Kuzovkin

Interior Minister Lutsenko on the incident with Prosecutor Kuzovkin

Lutsenko confirmed that on May 19 about 10 pm someone called on Shevchenko Police District and informed that Boryspil Prosecutor Oleksandr Kuzovkin had been attacked and injured.

The Head of the Interior Ministry reports that Kuzovkin was shot by unknown persons driving a car with the license plate #513-44 AA. According to Kuzovkin’s testimonial evidences quoted Lutsenko, there were persons of 35-40 and had nothing in common with “the well-known” persons of Ukraine.”

Yuri Lutsenko pledged to conduct objective investigation. “Unfortunately, it is an ordinary case and such case still exist,” concluded Lutsenko.

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President pleased with GAUM summit

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 15:36

President pleased with GAUM summit

President pleased with GAUM summit

In an official statement that followed today’s GUAM summit in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko said the meeting had focused  on economic, energy, border, law enforcement, and transit issues, President’s press office reported. 

When speaking about documents the Heads of State signed, Mr. Yushchenko said he was “particularly pleased with the free trade protocol.” 

“We have been waiting to sign this agreement for quite long but today we finally can declare that this Azeri-Georgian-Moldovan-Ukrainian zone exists, and we have liberalized our trade relations,” he said, adding that they would soon have to “harmonize their customs and border relations.”

“These challenges are still ahead but I can confidently state that the four presidents have the will to resolve the problems, which will help us integrate with Europe, and so we will firmly follow this path,” he promised.

The President then said his colleagues were all determined to fight international terrorism, separatism, extremism and transnational organized crime.

“We see all these challenges as major impediments of democratic and economic development. We want to jointly remove these obstacles and we are ready to actively and constructively cooperate with the European Union and the United States of America in this direction.”

Yushchenko said he appreciated the dynamics of contacts within GUAM in 2005, which involved not only the presidents but also the governments, parliaments, and businessmen of these countries.

“Today, GUAM has new qualities and it faces difficult but accomplishable tasks,” he said, adding that the organization would gladly accept other countries and organizations sharing its principles and values.

Yushchenko assured those present that GUAM had not been established to counterbalance the Commonwealth of Independent States and annoy Russia. “The rule is that we should have friendly relations with our neighbors. It is absolutely natural, isn’t it? When the annual turnover with your neighbor is USD 21 bln, we believe this turnover must not be lost but grow,” he explained.

In his turn, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said the summit was “a new stage of GAUM, which will determine the four countries’ further development and regional integration:” “Our countries make up a natural corridor between Asia and Europe and so the development of the transport infrastructure will help us boost our economies.”

Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili also praised the free trade protocol, describing it as a “benefit for our countries, their citizens, manufacturers, exporters and importers.” He added that the summit “has indicated a new reality in our countries and new interests of our countries.”

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin said he was sure other countries, for example, Romania and Bulgaria, would soon join the new organization.

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Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova sign free trade protocol

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 14:11

Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova sign free trade protocol

Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova sign free trade protocol

At today’s GUAM summit in Kyiv, the Presidents of Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova have signed a free trade protocol, President’s press office reported.

At a joint press conference, Vicitor Yushchenko said: “I think it is very important that these four countries have signed a protocol to establish a free trade zone.” 

The Head of State added that the countries would now have to unify customs, border and tariff policies not to impede economic cooperation. 

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ODED-GUAM Declaration, its statute and a summit communiqué

Posted by the Editor on May 23, 2006


News / 23 May 2006 | 13:55

ODED-GUAM Declaration, its statute and a summit communiqué

ODED-GUAM Declaration, its statute and a summit communiqué

Victor Yushchenko, Ilham Aliyev, Mikhail Saakashvili, and Vladimir Voronin, the Heads of State taking part in today’s GUAM summit in Kyiv, have signed three documents: a Declaration to found ODED-GUAM, its statute and a summit communiqué.

By signing the Kyiv Declaration toestablish an Organization for Democracy and Economic Development its members confirm their desire to cooperatively promote democracy, stability and security and build closer ties with the European Union and NATO. The document also says other countries sharing principles and goals of the organization can join it.

The statute is an interstate international agreement that should beapproved by the parliaments ofGeorgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova. It defines principles, priorities and the structure of the organization and also explains how the members will make decisions and interact with other international organizations and countries.

The summit communiqué contains information about the summit, its participants, anddocuments the Heads of State have signed.

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