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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT IN JORDAN. During the visit of Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma to Amman on 23 April, the two sides signed accords on cooperation in trade and economy as well as in education and science, UNIAN reported. Trade turnover between Ukraine and Jordan amounted to $45 million in 2001. JM
GEORGIAN SPEAKER CALLS FOR UKRAINIAN PEACEKEEPERS. Georgian parliamentary speaker Nino Burdjanadze said at a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Ivan Plyushch in Kyiv on 23 April that she wants Ukrainian participation in the peacekeeping forces dispatched to help ease the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia, Ukrainian television reported. Burdjanadze said the Georgian people trust Ukrainians much more than Russian peacekeepers, and added that the presence of Ukrainian peacekeepers in the Kodori Gorge could decrease tension in the region. JM
UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION JOURNALIST RELEASED FROM JAIL WITH TRAVEL BAN. Oleh Lyashko, the editor in chief of the opposition weekly "Svoboda" in Cherkasy, was released from jail on 23 April on a written pledge not to leave the city, Interfax and UNIAN reported. Lyashko was detained on 15 April for allegedly resisting police, who confiscated the entire print run of his newspaper (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 April 2002). JM
MOLDOVAN PREMIER TO DISCUSS WORLD BANK FINANCING IN WASHINGTON. Vasile Tarlev left for Washington on 23 April for talks with World Bank officials on the resumption of financing for his country, ITAR-TASS reported. Before departing he told journalists that the invitation for negotiations "was a pleasant surprise, because we did not expect them to start before 15 May." Speaking on Moldovan television on 22 April, Tarlev denied that his country's relations with Romania and Ukraine have deteriorated lately, saying those relations are "quite favorable and constructive," Infotag reported. MS