Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev has said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been invited to open a high-level meeting on nuclear safety, which will be held next week as part of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, which opened in New York on September 13.

Sergeyev said that the high-level meeting on nuclear safety would be held by a small group of world leaders - the presidents of the United States, Brazil, South Korea, France and the prime minister of Japan, UKRINFORM reported.

"Speaking about the nuclear segment of the 66th session, it should be noted that our state is an example of concrete actions, rather than declarations on the path to a nuclear-free and safer world. By giving up the world's third-largest nuclear weapons stockpile, we have demonstrated our desire to throw into the past the era, in which nuclear weapons were 'the last argument' in international conflicts. Last year, we declared our desire to consistently get rid of excessive highly enriched uranium and have also taken this step. Therefore, there's no doubt that the opinion of our country is being taken into account," the diplomat said in an interview with UKRINFORM.

Sergeyev said that the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, in addition to nuclear safety and security, the dialogue on promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, also addressed such important issues as the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, nutritional problems, and measures to prevent desertification, etc.

"Ukraine, as an active participant in most processes taking place within the UN, pays the necessary attention to each issue put on the agenda. First and foremost, we will monitor the issues addressing nuclear safety and health care," he said.

The presidential press service reported earlier that on September 9, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had invited President Viktor Yanukovych to attend a high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

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