The Cabinet of Ministers will approve all its orders and resolutions on Ukraine’s WTO entry by November 20, President Viktor Yushchenko’s first deputy chief of staff, Oleksandr Shlapak, said at a press briefing on Friday, President's press office reports.

Shlapak said Finance Minister Mykola Azarov had said at a meeting on the country’s WTO membership bid today the government “has prepared all these documents [to bring some of its trade regulations in line with WTO requirements] and will consider them at its session soon.”

He said Ukraine’s disagreements with Kyrgyzstan were among the most serious problems that might hamper its chances to join the World Trade Organization. He added that President Yushchenko was going to speak with his Kyrgyz counterpart to set up a group that will tackle the differences. The Ukrainian leader thinks it is important to maintain friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan and also with any other WTO member.

It is also important to agree on export duties with WTO members before holding an official meeting on Ukraine’s WTO accession, he said and added that such consultations would be held during this meeting. “We are confident in their successful completion,” he said.

“…If all these three components are ready, the Working Group will complete its report by the end of November,” he said.

Then the WTO General Council will have to formally invite our state to join this organization and Ukraine’s parliament ratify its entry agreement, he said.


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