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Germany allocates EUR 25,000 for human rights protection in Ukraine

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News / 15 July 2008 | 17:50

Germany allocates EUR 25,000 for human rights protection in Ukraine

German
Ambassador to Ukraine Reinhard Schafers
gave EUR 25,000 to Ukrainian public organizations for the implementation of
three projects on the protection of human rights in
Ukraine, as reported with reference to the
Web site of Deutsche Welle.

Summing up
the results of the contest, which was initiated by the German Foreign Ministry
this spring, Schafers noted the great interest of
Ukrainian organizations in this contest. One of the winners of the contest was
the Cherkasy regional committee of soldiers’ mothers,
which, jointly with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry,
will draw up mechanisms for ensuring human rights in the Ukrainian army.

The
committee’s head, Svitlana Kasian,
told Deutsche Welle about the committee’s plans to
introduce the institute of authorized persons to resolve internal conflicts. But
the main thing, she said, is informing soldiers about international
conventions, Ukrainian laws and other guarantees to their human rights.

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Tymoshenko urges governors to press on faction leaders

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News / 15 July 2008 | 16:35

Tymoshenko urges governors to press on faction leaders

Tymoshenko urges governors to press on faction leaders

Prime Minister of Ukraine
Yulia Tymoshenko calls the governors to influence the leaders of the parliamentary
factions in order to approve the budget amendments 2008 this summer. Tymoshenko
addressed the governors at the conference call held Tuesday.

“I need to you to focus on
the negotiation process with the leaders of the parliamentary factions. I don’t
eliminate that those faction leaders who still have conscience will gather to
adopt the budget, not waiting for September,” Tymoshenko said.

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Ukraine’s WTO accession fostering talks with EU

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News / 15 July 2008 | 15:50

Ukraine’s WTO accession fostering talks with EU

Ukraine‘s presence in the WTO contributes
to transition of the negotiation process with the EU to a new level, Deputy
Economics Minister Valeriy Piatnytskyi
told reporters.

“These are not the talks on
concessions, this is formation of an integration plan,” he said, Cabinet’s
press office
reported.

The deputy minister noted that Ukraine’s
WTO accession did not lead to considerable raise in tariffs and a 5-year
transition period is created as regards the relevant services. Furthermore,
negotiations have been launched with the European Union to create a free trade
zone.

On 16
May 2008, the WTO welcomed Ukraine
as its newest member.

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Austria expressed full support of Ukraine’s integration into Europe

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News / 15 July 2008 | 14:45

Austria expressed full support of Ukraine’s integration into Europe

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia
Tymoshenko held a meeting with
Federal Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer in a narrow circle. The tete-a-tete meeting of Yulia
Tymoshenko and Alfred Gusenbauer lasted twice longer than planned.

On the outcomes of the meeting in a narrow
circle Yulia Tymoshenko and Alfred Gusenbauer met in a wide circle where from
the Ukrainian side participating were Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Hryhoriy
Nemyria, Economics Minister of Ukraine Bohdan Danylyshyn, Minister of Transport
and Communications Yosyp Vinskyi and Minister of Family, Youth and Sports Yuriy
Pavlenko. The Austrian side for the meeting is represented by State Secretary
in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovations and Technologies of Austria
Christa Kranzl
and others.

On completion of the meeting the Ministry
of Transport and Communications of Ukraine and the Federal Ministry of
Transport, Innovations and Technologies of Austria signed the Agreement on
cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure and technology exchange.

At the press
conference after the intergovernmental talks,
Federal Chancellor of Austria expressed full support of Ukraine’s integration into Europe.

“Ukraine
is a European state and we welcome the fact that Ukraine and EU are discussing the agreement
on free trade zone. Austria
welcomes the development and signing of the agreement. Ukraine should know that Austria is on its side regarding Ukraine’s
aspirations,” he said.

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Ukraine to submit Holodomor for UN consideration once again

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News / 15 July 2008 | 14:00

Ukraine to submit Holodomor for UN consideration once again

Ukraine to submit Holodomor for UN consideration once again

Ukraine is planning to submit the
resolution on Holodomor for consideration of the next, 63rd session
of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl
Kyrylych told Tuesday at the briefing.

He also explained that UN
never refused to recognize Holodomor. According to him, the agenda of the 62nd
session included more that 170 items, but the deputies wanted to examine Ukraine’s issue
in details so they voted not to include Holodomor for consideration of that
session.

“According to the
procedure, we can submit the Holodomor resolution for consideration of the
next, 63rd session of the General Assembly, and Ukraine intends
to use the opportunity,” Kyrylych said.

As a reminder, on July 11 the
General Assembly of the United Nations declined the request of Ukraine’s Foreign
Ministry and refused to include Holodomor issue into the agenda of the session
and to recognize Holodomor as Genocide of the Ukrainian people.

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Ukraine, EU failed to agree on the name of new treaty

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News / 15 July 2008 | 13:04

Ukraine, EU failed to agree on the name of new treaty

Ukrainian and European diplomats
failed to agree on the name of the future treaty on cooperation between
Ukraine and EU, European Commissioner on external
policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner said.

“Nine rounds of negotiations
were held between
Ukraine and EU, but the form of the new
document has not been agreed yet,” the Commissioner said and noted that “the
major problem now is the name of the document.

“Ukrainian party would like
to agree on an association containing further membership in the EU, but such
perspective is possible within the strategy of EU expansion only.
Ukraine is not included in the strategy. At
the same time
Ukraine‘s political role for the moment is good-neighbour
of the EU,” Ferrero-Waldner said in an interview to “Deutsche Welle”.

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Great Britain to invest in Crimea

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News / 15 July 2008 | 12:28

Great Britain to invest in Crimea

Chairman of the Crimean Council of
Ministers Viktor Plakida and British Ambassador to
Ukraine Leigh Turner discussed perspectives of cooperation in the
resort-recreational sphere.

During a meeting, they also
discussed cooperation in the energy and transport spheres, issues of the visa
regime and development of interethnic relations on the peninsula.

Speaking about attraction of
investments into the Crimean economy, the Crimean Council of Ministers Chairman
paid attention to possibility of investing the funds into construction and
reconstruction of highways, participation in modernization and expansion of the
international airport Simferopol, and solving the
issues of the water supply and the drainage system.

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Prosecutor General hiding information about Yushchenko’s poisoning

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News / 15 July 2008 | 11:40

Prosecutor General hiding information about Yushchenko's poisoning

Prosecutor General hiding information about Yushchenko’s poisoning

As a person concerned, the President
of Ukraine does not have a right to give any comments on the investigation of
his poisoning. The Party of Regions deputy Vadym Kolesnychenko told ForUm in an
interview.

According to him, the
Office of prosecutor General is carrying out the investigation, and referring to
the secrecy of investigation it has a right not to make any statements

Earlier Yushchenko stated
that he knew the customers of his poisoning, but he refused to name them before
the completion of the investigation.

“The people connected with
the organizers of that dinner, during which I was poisoned, must be brought to
the investigation. These three people are in
Russia now, and they have Russian citizenship,”
Yushchenko underlined.

According to the President,
Ukraine has sent an official extradition request. “Now
we are holding negotiations on their extradition. These people know why they
are in
RussiaI think Russia will meet its obligation according
to the bilateral agreement on legal assistance,” he said.

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