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UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VOWS REFORMS ON WAY TO EU. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, newly appointed foreign minister, met with EU External Relations Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels on March 26 and vowed to work on broad-based reforms in his country, dpa reported. Yatsenyuk said in Brussels that a planned new agreement on closer ties with the European Union is a "big and complicated home test" for Ukraine. "We are well aware that the question of full-fledged [EU] membership for Ukraine is extremely long in terms of time," Yatsenyuk told journalists after the meeting with Ferrero-Waldner. "But this way [to EU membership] has to be filled with integration, economical integration, educational integration, humanitarian integration," he added. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is to visit Brussels on March 27 and hold talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. JM