Within the framework of the State visit of President Victor Yushchenko to Canada Ukrainian-Canadian talks took place in Ottawa co-chaired by the President and the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, according to the President`s press-office.

From the Ukrainian side present at the talks were Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko, Health Minister Vasyl Knyazevych, Minister for Culture Vasyl Vovkun, Minister for Agrarian Policy Yuriy Melnyk, deputy Chief of Staff of President’s Secretariat Oleksandr Chalyy, other members of the Ukrainian delegation.

During the talks sides discussed Ukrainian-Canadian political relations, including Canada’s support of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and of the UN resolution on acknowledging Holodomor 1932-1933; liberalization of visa regulations, cooperation within the framework of Canadian troops presence in Afghanistan, etc.

Separately parties discussed prospects of establishing a free trade zone between the states. Additional aspect of economic cooperation touched upon was Ukraine’s interest in adopting CANDU type nuclear reactors technology.