Answering journalists' questions about his impression of today’s session of the UN General Assembly, President Viktor Yanukovych said: "First of all, we must join the Millennium Declaration. This is our duty. The criteria, which we are to achieve by participating in this program, must be accepted by the authorities and society”.

The President also stressed that "we should not be fighting each other”. "We have more important things to fight for: for a better life, for human rights, for environmental safety, against poverty and so on. And it is very good that global movement, promoting such work in different regions of the world, has appeared. Ukraine will actively participate in it," Viktor Yanukovych said.

When asked about the attitude of the international community towards Ukrainian reforms in the context of the Millennium Declaration, President said: "We felt that the attitude towards Ukraine in the world has changed significantly. It becomes clearer, more concrete”. According to Viktor Yanukovych, our partners welcome the stability in our state, which makes it possible to achieve things that have been planned.

The President also noted that he takes part in the UN General Assembly session for the second time and his today’s experience differs from that of September 2002, when he was the Prime Minister of Ukraine and took part in the UN General Assembly session. Ukraine is perceived as a serious player around the world now, Viktor Yanukovych said, and the attitude to our country is serious too.

"I felt pride of our land," said the President of Ukraine.

Viktor Yanukovych also added that during his meeting with the UN Secretary-General the parties touched upon the issue of the Chernobyl tragedy. According to him, Mr. Ban Ki-moon announced his intention to visit Ukraine on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and take part in the international conference dedicated to it.

The President stressed that 2011 will be the year of solving the problems of those, who suffered Chernobyl disaster consequences. "We will announce it so," Viktor Yanukovych said.

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