UN Secretary General Praises Ukraine's Support for UN Missions

Dec 01, 2010, 09:08 ET from Worldwide News Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, December 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych began his visit to the OSCE Astana Summit by meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the presidential press office informs. The meeting in Astana is the third meeting between the two leaders this year.

At the beginning of the meeting the UN Secretary-General thanked the Ukrainian President for supporting various UN missions. He also praised the high level of the cooperation between the Ukrainian government and the UN Mission in Kyiv.

"We thank you for your strong support of the UN," Mr. Ban Ki-moon said.

The UN Secretary-General confirmed his participation in the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster International Conference and said he will visit Kyiv in April 2011.

The President of Ukraine thanked the UN Secretary General for his support of the initiative of the International Conference. "Your participation in this event is important for Ukraine. We are preparing a number of important decisions on strengthening nuclear security and nonproliferation of nuclear materials," Viktor Yanukovych said.

He further noted the importance of active cooperation between Ukraine and the United Nations. "We will work together so that the role of the UN in addressing the most pressing challenges facing the global community grows stronger every year," he said.

The sides have also discussed the possible ways of the Transnistria conflict regulation in the context of the parliamentary elections in Moldova. The President said that Ukraine is interested in ensuring stability in the region.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine