Ukraine hopes for speedy signing of association accord with EU

14:23, April 19, 2011      

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Monday that his country hopes to complete negotiations on an association agreement with the EU before a bilateral summit in December 2011.

"I hope that during the next EU-Ukraine summit we will be able to ascertain the transition to a new stage in implementing the EU-Ukraine action plan," said Yanukovych at a meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

"We appreciate the constructive progress of talks on all parts of the agreement, including the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area," he said.

Yanukovych said signing the association agreement with the EU is a priority for Ukraine, and promised that Ukraine will ensure a quick and quality implementation of the action plan.

Barroso expressed the hope that the talks on the agreement would be effective.

He also said the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, will allocate an extra 157 million U.S. dollars for the building of a new shelter over the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

Ukrainian officials said earlier that more than 1 billion dollars is needed for the project.

Barroso arrived in Kiev for the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.

Source: Xinhua
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