In London, Victor Yushchenko met with members of Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs, the President's press service reported.

In his speech, the Head of State primarily spoke about measures Ukraine should take to become an EU member.

“Today, Ukraine’s insipient democracy is facing many challenges. EU and NATO integration is our strategy, our vision of Ukraine’s international presence and a key segment of our foreign policy,” stressed the President.

He reiterated that, on February 22, 2005, Ukraine and the EU had signed a three-year action plan that stipulates negotiations for Ukraine to become an EU associate member.

“We are pleased with the way this action plan is being implemented. We have executed two thirds of 67 obligations,” said Yushchenko. “We are ready to assume responsibility to execute all provisions of this document.”

Speaking about changes in Ukraine in the past nine months, the Head of State stressed that there was no political and business persecution while freedom of speech thrived.

“An opinion of opposition leaders is respected as that belonging to government,” he said.

He added the new Ukrainian government was ready to pass a law on opposition.

The President also spoke about world security issues. He noted that, along with the world community, Ukraine “resolutely condemns terrorism in all its manifestations.”

"We will keep participating in all initiatives of the anti-terror alliance to counteract global threats,” he said. “At the same time, we are convinced that, to eradicate terrorism, we must eliminate the environment in which intolerance, tyranny, poverty and humiliation thrive.”


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