Victor Yushchenko took part in an international forum in Tbilisi. The forum, Europe’s New Wave of Liberation: Democracy and Transformation, is being conducted to mark the second anniversary of the Rose Revolution, the President's press office reported.

The President congratulated all citizens of Georgia on this important occasion: “Today, I am applauding Georgians and Ukrainians.”

He added that the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the Rose Revolution in Georgia were events of global significance.

In his speech, the Head of State spoke about the importance of such regional interstate alliances as the GUAM. He noted that such organizations helped more efficiently solve regional problems in Trans-dniester, Abkhazia, and Ajaria. Yushchenko said one of the tasks of the GUAM would be to settle international conflicts.

“Only this alliance can help us respond to these challenges,” he said.

Yushchenko also noted that Ukraine was ready to help Georgia to settle its conflict with South Ossetia.

Speaking about principles of Ukraine’s foreign policy, the President dwelled on our relations with Russia and the EU. He assured those present that “Ukraine’s strategic friendly course” to cooperate with Russia was stable.

“Ukraine will not do anything that might discredit this country,” he pledged.

Yushchenko also stressed that Ukraine would always put its national interests first. The President said political relations between the two states should be consistent with our laws and mustn’t “impede Ukraine’s EU integration.” Heopined thatUkraine would join the WTO this year.

Commenting on the current economic situation in Ukraine, the Head of State said this year our GDP and inflation would be 4-4.5% and 8-8.5% respectively.

Encouraging foreign investors, he said, “It is fine for the transitional economy.”

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Romanian President Traian Basescu, and Estonian President Arnold Ruutel took part in the forum.


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