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Press Release

Greeting by Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine, to Participants of the Ukraine-Nato Commission Meeting at the Ambassadorial Level

March 3, 2000 # 17

Honourable Mr. Secretary General!
Esteemed permanent representatives of NATO member-countries to the North Atlantic Council!
Ladies and gentlemen!

I would like to welcome you on the occasion of holding the first meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the ambassadorial level in the Ukrainian land.

This event, unprecedented in the Alliance's practice, is a convincing testimony of the successful implementation of the Charter on Distinctive Partnership between Ukraine and NATO and the agreements stipulated in the Declaration of Washington Meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the highest level.

Partnership between Ukraine and NATO is already an integral part of Euro-Atlantic co-operation. It becomes ever more effective in the military, military-technical, economic and ecological spheres, in the civil emergency planning, etc.

Ukraine is ready to further advance its relations with the Alliance which is the cornerstone of the whole European security structure.

Your meeting is taking place in a very decisive, I would rather say, crucial for Ukraine period of in-depth reforms in its economy and administrative system, including the reform of the state's Military Forces.

Here, in Kyiv, you have an opportunity to immediately witness these processes, to get familiar with our achievements and to understand our problems better. And as a result you can find the ways for further strengthening our distinctive partnership.

I wish the participants of the meeting to have fruitful, constructive work for achieving our common goal being the creation of stable, secure and democratic Europe.

Leonid Kuchma

For more information, please contact:
Taras Malyshevskyi, Press Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine
310 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J9
Tel. (613) 230-2961, fax (613) 230-2400,