Victor Yushchenko has spoken at a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the Security Service of Ukraine, President’s press office informed.

In his speech, the President said our people sawthe Security Serviceas a defender of their interests, Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity. He said the nation hoped it would always be ready to "face up to the challenges ofauthoritarianism, separatism and treason."

He saidreformsat theSecurity Service of Ukraine wereaimed at helpingit adaptto European standards and ending numerous staff rotations, which “impede the effective fulfillment of special tasks.” He added that the Security Service must reinforce its analytical department.

“Traditionally, the Security Service is where the nation's intellect is concentrated, and this tradition should be carefully preserved and cherished,” he said, adding thatit was necessary to improve social standards for those working there.

The Presidentpledged to ensure that it does not become a “weak institution with little influence to execute private orders.” Hesaid he would soon choose his nominee to head the Security Service and reiterated that his choice would bepatriotic,professionaland moral.

Following his speech, he presented state awards to Security Service officers.


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