Oleksandr Chaly, President Viktor Yushchenko’s foreign policy advisor, held a press briefing on Thursday and described the logic of the President's foreign policy as “strategic and aimed at promoting Ukraine’s image as a European state worldwide," the President's press office reports.

Chalyy said Yushchenko’s visit to Romania on October 30-31 was “seminal and full of results.” Ukraine and Romania held the first meeting of the Presidential Commission and signed a few agreements to develop political, economic and humanitarian cooperation, he said.

He said Yushchenko and his Romanian counterpart, Traian Basescu, had discussed manyissues during their talks in Bucharest on Tuesday, particularly the problem of the Kryvy Rig Ore Mining and Processing Plant. Romania does not plan to complete its construction but wants to get a compensation and so has suggested finding a market solution to the problem. “Ukraine has assured [Romania] that all the issues regarding the privatization of the plant or the completion of its construction will be settled predictably and transparently and in a market manner,” he said and added that the issue would soon be discussed with the government, the State Property Fund and Ukraine’s business leaders.

Yushchenko also discussed national minority, border and environmental issues with Romania’s leaders during his two-day visit, he said.

The second meeting of the Ukrainian-Romanian Presidential Commission will be held in Kyiv in 2008.


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