Meeting in Sofia for informal consultations, NATO Foreign Ministers reiterated their support for Ukraine ’s reform efforts and their readiness to provide assistance.

At the informal meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk briefed Ministers on the recent political developments in Ukraine .

NATO Ministers and Mr. Tarasyuk also took stock of the intensified dialogue on Ukraine ’s membership aspirations and related reforms, which was launched just over a year ago.

Ministers congratulated Ukraine in particular on the conduct of the parliamentary elections, which were free and fair and which NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called a “milestone”.

They also welcomed the adoption of Ukraine ’s target plan for 2006, which outlines the specific reform activities that Ukraine has committed to undertake this year.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with the Minister, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer said that security sector reform was a key issue and NATO was looking forward to upcoming high-level consultations with Ukraine on this issue.

In terms of Ukraine ’s membership ambitions, the Secretary General stressed that this is a “performance-based process”, which depended on the progress of reforms in Ukraine.


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