In his speech during the press conference on results of NATO-Ukraine commission in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer stated that Ukraine is a very welcome provider of security; not only a consumer, but also a provider of security.
“Participation in KFOR, participation in NATO's training mission in Iraq - the only partner country, by the way, supplying trainers, Support Operation Active Endeavour, ready to help with logistics in Darfur as well.
I think good advice from friends is always valuable, and in this spirit Minister Grytsenko heard today from his NATO friends and colleagues about the importance of professional development of civilian personnel working in the security institutions, in the broader sense of the word, and more cost effective use of funds. In general Kiev and Ukraine was encouraged to take an even more realistic approach to security sector reform,” he said, NATO press office reported.
"Well, you know that very concrete assistance is being given to Ukraine through special trust funds that will pay for the safe destruction of stockpiles of surplus munitions, of small arms and light weapons. These programs are now ready for implementation and will benefit the whole Ukrainian society,” Scheffer added.
“It's clear, ladies and gentlemen, that Ukraine is facing and facing up to some real challenges of modernization and the choices are for Ukraine alone to make, but NATO stands ready to help and our support to Ukraine, I can tell you, and assure you, will not waver. That was, I think a clear message today,” NATO Secretary General summed up.
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