Ukraine develops its relations with Romania on the basis of mutual trust and in a constructive and neighborly manner, President Viktor Yushchenko said in a speech delivered in Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry during his meeting with members of the Titulescu Foundation, professors of the Romanian Diplomatic Academy and representatives of the country’s influential foreign policy NGOs, according to president's press office.

“We would love Romania to be our loyal partner and sincere advocate,” he said.

Yushchenko said the first meeting of the Ukrainian-Romanian Presidential Commission had been held in Bucharest today to “formulate a two-year action plan in Ukrainian-Romanian relations.”

He said the two countries should “develop and enhance” their cooperation. “We must fill our bilateral relations with our close neighbors and with the European Union with specific projects,” he said. “Our mutual political, cultural and trade attraction is an objective need and objective reality.”

President Viktor Yushchenko also met with Nicolae Vacaroiu, president of Romania’s Senate, and Bogdan Olteanu, president of the Chamber of Deputies.

They spoke about recent political developments in Ukraine and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Yushchenko said the September 30 snap parliamentary election in his country had strengthened its democratic values. They also spoke about how to develop parliamentary cooperation between Ukraine and Romania and how to protect the rights and interests of Romania’s Ukrainian community.

The president urged Romania to recognize the Great Famine of 1932-1933 as genocide and invited Vacaroiu and Olteanu to visit Ukraine.


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