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Statement of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine on NATO Enlargement

March 18, 1999 - No. 18

On March 12, 1999, during the solemn ceremony in the USA, the documents on accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to NATO were submitted by their foreign ministers to the US Secretary of State. The Government of Ukraine respects and welcomes the sovereign choice of friendly Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic as an evident demonstration of the right of any nation to decide on the means to ensure its own security.

We believe that an open character of new states accession to NATO will become a guarantee of strengthening security and stability in Europe and in the Euro-Atlantic region as a whole, and for further affirmation of the ideals of democracy and freedom on our continent.

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