It is important to support and promote the Ukrainian language, Victor Yushchenko said in an International Mother Language Day address to the nation on Wednesday,, president’s press office informs.

“It is our vital challenge to carry outwise andtolerant language policies to make our native language effective and uniting. We must always remember that the Ukrainian language is a language of our freedom and our state.”

The President said the Ukrainian nation “builds a country of fair opportunities and freedom.” He added that the governmentmust meet national, cultural and spiritual needs of Ukraine’s many minority ethnic groups.Hesaid it was incumbent on usto respect and speak Ukrainian, as well as to respect and support other languages spoken in Ukraine and contributing to our national wealth.

Yushchenkowished Ukrainians peace and tolerance.


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