Presidents of Ukraine, Romania held joint press conference

09:15, 21 August 2008
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Yushchenko: energy security of the EU has been put under question

President Victor Yushchenko and President Traian Basescu of Romania held a joint press conference.

According to the President`s press-office, in his word President Yushchenko stressed that the events in Georgia of last 12 days have damaged international relations and led to loss of mutual confidence that many years had been forming in international relations.

He also expressed opinion that energy security of the EU has been put under question by the event and once again brought up a question of energy supplies diversification.

"We must do all it takes to prevent this scenario from being developed in cases with other frozen conflicts. We all must proclaim that we would not accept military scenario of such conflicts` resolution", - said Victor Yushchenko, informing the media about joint position of Presidents of Ukraine and Romania that has been agreed upon by them during today`s talks.

Also President Yushchenko pointed to the need to improve configuration of peacekeeping forces in Georgia. "The peacekeeping formula that had been working before has proven its ineffectiveness", - he said.

Traian Basescu from his part affirmed the position and added that other frozen conflicts require improvement of peacekeeping mechanisms too. "There is a risk that sooner or later these mechanisms transform into regional conflicts. Therefore I will support EU`s position to search for new mechanisms of frozen conflicts settlement", - he said.

Speaking about Ukraine`s aspiration to join NATO President Yushchenko repeated that events in Georgia proven importance of integration to collective security system.

He said that by gaining NATO MAP and later joining NATO, Ukraine would receive guarantees of its sovereignty from the international community.

President Basescu from his part said: "Romania`s position on granting MAP to Ukraine and Georgia is the same as NATO had put it at Bucharest Summit and at Foreign Minister`s meeting: both countries have to be accepted to the mechanism of joining NATO when they are ready to that".


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