President Bush declared that "The bill I sign today marks the beginning of a new era in our history with Ukraine."
The President pointed out that "As Ukraine embraces democracy and more open trade, our nation's friendship will grow. President Yushchenko has made reforms to increase transparency and provide intellectual property protection and strengthen the enforcement of the rule of law.
The ceremony took place in the Old Executive Office Building. Those in attendance included Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Oleh Shamshur, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), Representative Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA), Representative Candice S. Miller (R-MI), Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA), and Representative Michael G Fitzpatrick (R- PA), as well as Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition members.
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