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The President of Ukraine convenes NSDCU meeting

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 17:45

The President of Ukraine convenes NSDCU meeting

The President of Ukraine convenes NSDCU meeting

Victor Yushchenko has opened a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

Its participants are to address the issues related to current political and social situation in Crimea and Ukraine’s 2007 budget, particularly its articles on national security, the president press office informs.

In his speech, the President said: “Crimean policy must be particularly purposeful. Ukraine’s policy in Crimea must be consistent and efficient.”

He added that no other region in Ukraine faced as many challenges and problems as Crimea, being, for example, the only place in our country with a foreign military base.

Addressing those present, the Head of State insisted that it was vital to carry out systematic and well-coordinated policies in Crimea: “No government will be able to resolve such problems in social relations in Crimea alone.”

President Yushchenko continued: “Our task is to make the factor of the Crimean Tatars stabilizing.” He said, to resolve the problem of the deported Tatars, the government “should carry out frank, public and wise policies which, on the one hand, can help create good living conditions for the banished people returning to Crimea and, on the other hand, help find ways to achieve this goal not at the expense of those who settled here fifty years ago.”

Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, Speaker Oleksandr Moroz, Acting NSDCU Secretary Volodymyr Horbulin and Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha are present at the meeting.

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Ukraine’s Chief of Staff Baloha on coming NSDCU meeting

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 17:27

Ukraine's Chief of Staff Baloha on coming NSDCU meeting

Ukraine’s Chief of Staff Baloha on coming NSDCU meeting

Secretariat Chief of Staff Victor Baloha said President Victor Yushchenko would soon convene a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council to discuss mechanisms of performing his constitutionally assigned duties.

He said the head of state and society were worried about political speculations regarding the country’s foreign and defense policies.

“According to Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President is in charge of foreign policy of the state. He has enough legal tools to ensure the irreversibility of the foreign course and to make all the official institutions follow it,” he said.

Baloha characterized a resolution passed by the Verkhovna Rada to support the prime minister’s statement on NATO in Brussels as provocative, confrontational and illegal.

The chief of staff believes the document is inconsistent with the National Unity Pact and the President’s policy of finding compromises.

“Ukraine’s political leaders and top officials must demonstrate consolidated policy and jointly protect national interests. This very subject should be discussed at the NSDCU meeting,” he said. “The Verkhovna Rada and government must adhere to the country’s laws, including the Law on the Fundamentals of Ukraine’s National Security.”

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Chief od Staff Baloha met US Ambassador Taylor

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 17:04

Chief od Staff Baloha met US Ambassador Taylor

Chief od Staff Baloha met US Ambassador Taylor

On September 19, Ukraine’s Secretariat Chief of Staff Victor Baloha met with US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor to discuss ways ofdeveloping Ukrainian-American relations.

In the course of discussion, the main attention was focused on Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO. Victor Baloha assured the Ambassador our country’s foreign course to join NATO would not change, teh president press office informed.

“Victor Yanukovych’s statement on Ukraine’s alleged unwillingness to join Action Plan on the NATO membership will have no impact on our long-term relations and Ukraine’s strategic goal to join NATO,” he said, adding that, “according to the Constitution, neither the Prime Minister nor his government have powers given to the President of Ukraine in the area of foreign policy.”

Then the Chief of Staff said the President wanted to build effective cooperation with parliament and the cabinet.

“That is why the President meets with the Prime Minister every week and will soon hold such weekly consultations with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksandr Moroz,” he said.

Mr Taylor congratulated Victor Baloha on his appointment and wished him effective work. He said the United States wanted to enhance cooperation with Ukraine and urgedour country to implement programs with the Millennium Challenge Federal Corporation.

The sides also consideredways to solve the Trans-dniester conflict. Baloha said the President’s position was firm: “Ukraine supports Moldova’s territorial integrity and calls on all the sides to immediately resume talks and work to settle the Trans-dniester conflict.”

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Interest in NATO is growing in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 16:43

Interest in NATO is growing in Ukraine

Interest in NATO is growing in Ukraine

The Director of information services of NATO in Ukraine Michel Dure announced that interest in the north Atlantic Alliance is growing in Ukraine.

In a live interview on the show “Breeze” on Sevastopol TV station VMS, Mr Dure commented that he has been working in Ukraine almost 5 years and “I have never seen anything like this before, such a volume of questions about NATO, such interest.”

According to him, “people are interested, write letters to our office, organize local round tables and invite us to attend. People say, please come, explain, give us the information (about NATO) or tell how we can find this information.”

Mr Dure added that he was in Mykolayv last week where he met with civic groups, students, and “I haven’t seen such enthusiasm for NATO in some time”

He pointed out that office which he heads is in Ukraine is “not there to convince people. We don’t want to convince anybody- we want to explain the actual situation, debunk the myths and stereotypes” announced UNIAN

Quoting Dure “To say NATO is Russia’s enemy, is a lie, to say that we want to humiliate Ukraine, is a lie to say that NATO is solely an aggressive military alliance is also a lie. We are prepared to explain why these lies exist. We should speak the truth and the more we speak the truth the sooner people will realize that there is something very wrong in their preconceived notions about NATO.”

The head of NATO in Ukraine adds its imperative “to understand that the Russian Federation is intensively cooperating with the Alliance and we have relations with many countries including China, Japan and Australia. We cannot be the world’s policeman but we do have vast experience which I believe would be beneficial for all countries from Vladivostok to Vancouver which I consider the Euro Atlantic region. All countries which enter into partnerships or strategic partnerships with us, like Russia, Ukraine and countries of Central Asia, realize the benefits of relationships with us.”

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The true reason of the accident at Donetsk mine

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 16:15

The true reason of the accident at Donetsk mine

The true reason of the accident at Donetsk mine

It was not firedamp explosion that caused the accident in Donetsk, Donetsk Prosecutor Oleksiy Bahanets has informed.

To this moment the rescuers have founded all victims of the tragedy at Zasyad’ko mine, Donetsk. 13 miners died, 62 persons have been injured.

Vice-PM Andriy Klyuyev, a Chairman of the Investigation Committee informs that the reason of the accident is a sudden methane ejection from the ground not a firedamp explosion.

“All victims have signs of poisoning,” said Klyuyev. The security equipment has snapped into action that is why there was neither explosion nor fire, he added.

The General HQ of the Donetsk State Paramilitary Rescue Service has verified the true reason of the accident. The General Prosecutor’s Office investigators have examined the bodies and as a probable reason of death, they call suffocation.

Bahanets mentioned that all miners were equipped with self-rescue breathing apparatuses. Some of miners had time to use it, and it saved their lives.

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Ex-PM of Ukraine Yekhanurov on Ukraine’s accession to the World Trade Organisation

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 15:23

Ex-PM of Ukraine Yekhanurov on Ukraine's accession to the World Trade Organisation

Ex-PM of Ukraine Yekhanurov on Ukraine’s accession to the World Trade Organisation

Ex-PM Yuri Yekhanurov states that all necessary documents on Ukraine’s accession to the WTO have been already finalised.

“I see no problem regarding Ukraine’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. It misses only political will and government’s wish,” said MP Yuri Yekhanurov.

“Ukraine is ready to join the WTO, but formally, it needs to ink some documents with Taiwan and Kyrgyzstan. But these issues are not determinative ones and may not prevent Ukraine from Ukraine’s accession to the WTO,” opined Yekhanurov.

However, he admits the fact that several laws remained to be passed but there are no obstacles to do it.

“Besides, the bilateral treaties inked between Ukraine and other states are international documents. Thereby, these treaties govern the Ukrainian laws,”

“We have prepared everything necessary for Ukraine’s accession to the WTO, and the government has to execute just a technical procedure,” concluded Yuri Yekhanurov.

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A firedamp explosion at Donetsk coal mine (updated 2)

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 14:42

A firedamp explosion at Donetsk coal mine (updated 2)

A firedamp explosion at Donetsk coal mine (updated 2)

Nine miners killed and one miner found alive after firedamp explosion at 1078 m depth of Donetsk coal mine “Zasyad’ko.” The accident has happened today at 5:10 am. It is still unknown what health condition of 49 miners blocked underground is.
 
Ukraine’s Ministry for Extraordinary Situations has taken control over the situation in Donetsk.

According to Extraordinary Ministry’s preliminary investigation, sudden increasing of methane volume has caused the explosion.

 
The mine has terminated its work. The dead miners have not been extracted from the blockage.
 
By 10:42 am two killed andone alive miners have been just found in a coalface.
 
By 14 pm, the rescuers have found 13 killed miners, the Donetsk Paramilitary Rescue Service informs.

41 miners have been hospitalised to Donetsk Regional Occupational Diseases Hospital, 9 men – to Donetsk Regional Traumatology Centre, 10 miners – to Donetsk Kalinin Hospital, 2 victims – to Emergency and Recovery Surgery Institute.

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Kateryna Yushchenko participated in the Conference on Global Literacy

Posted by the Editor on September 20, 2006


News / 20 September 2006 | 14:23

Kateryna Yushchenko participated in the Conference on Global Literacy

Kateryna Yushchenko participated in the Conference on Global Literacy

September, 18, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 Fund Kateryna Yushchenko took part in the Conference on Global Literacy in New York, invited by Mrs. Laura Bush.

First Ladies from over 30 countries were invited to the New York-based conference, Ukraine3000 informs.

The conference addressed urgent issues of global literacy. Unfortunately, at present there are over 800 million illiterate people, 100 million of them being children deprived of a chance to visit school, with 771 million unable to read, two-thirds of them being women. Thus, the conference concentrated on women’s education, since only an educated mother can raise an educated child.

High emphasis was placed on the interaction between education and healthcare, in part, in fighting AIDS. There were cases in global medical practice when women with AIDS gave birth to absolutely healthy children. Such cases became possible because pregnant women, aware of their disease, used all means to preserve the child’s health.

Ukraine’s indices in terms of global literacy are rather good. The literacy level for Ukraine is 99%. Still, our country ranks only 78th in the global rating. This is caused by the short life span of 66.1 years. By the data from the Education and Science Ministry of Ukraine, today almost 60% Ukrainians have higher and complete secondary education. In 2006 Ukraine had 951 institutes of higher education of the 1st-4th accreditation levels, with the total of 2,709,000 students studying in them.

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