Corlatean- Deshchytsia talks in Kiev

The Romanian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers signed an accord on measures for strengthening confidence and security.

Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean had consultations on Monday, 10 March, in Kiev, with his Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia. The two officials approached in detail the recent worsening of the crisis in Ukraine, particularly the situation in Crimea. The Romanian Foreign Minister firmly reiterated the condemnation of the act of aggression against sovereign and independent Ukraine, which endangers the security of the country and of the whole region. The head of Romanian diplomacy conveyed a message from the Bucharest government, of full support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally acknowledged borders, and condemned the secessionist attempts.
During the meeting, Corlatean and Deshchytsia signed the Accord between the Government of Romania and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the measures for strengthening confidence and security, MAE informs. The document mainly regulates the mutual advance notification of activities conducted by ground and air military units in border regions, the source explains.
The two ministers also approached the theme of Ukraine’s European course, Minister Titus Corlatean reiterating the firm support for Ukraine’s political association and economic integration with the European Union, as soon as possible. In this connection, he emphasized the possibility of signing the political chapters of the Association Agreement before the presidential elections to be held in Ukraine on May 25, in keeping with the Conclusions of the European Council of March 6, 2014. Minister Titus Corlatean expressed the availability of the Romanian Government to offer specific assistance to Ukraine in the broad process of legislative, institutional and economic reform envisaged as part of the European course and in anticipation of possible accession to the European Union.
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister also met yesterday in Kiev with Ukrainian Premier Arseny Yatseniuk, who thanked Romania for the support recently granted. Corlatean is the first Romanian top official who visited Ukraine after the political regime change. Corlatean informed Yatseniuk that seven of the eleven Ukrainian citizens brought to Bucharest in a humanitarian mission coordinated by Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) State Secretary Raed Arafat were to be repatriated on Monday; four others will remain in Bucharest for medical attention. ‘A sign of solidarity has resulted in that emergency medical assistance action for 11 Ukrainian citizens, many of whom were young, wounded in Kiev. Seven of them will be repatriated today [Monday], as their medical condition has improved; four other, whose lives are not in danger, will remain in Romania to continue their treatments, Corlatean said in the Independence Square of Kiev, as quoted by Agerpres.
Moreover, the head of the Romanian diplomacy asserted that Romania’s support for Ukraine could be seen in the participation of two Romanian observers in the OSCE Mission in Crimea. ‘The two representatives of Romania are currently in Simferopol; true, this occurred within the framework of a very difficult OSCE mission, which ‘enjoyed’ obvious blocking; Romania nevertheless was present in this mission next to several other OSCE member states ,’ Corlatean added.
Corlatean laid a wreath in Kiev’s Independence Square, the so-called Euromaidan, in the memory of the Ukrainians killed in the tragic events over the last weeks. ’I began this visit naturally and necessarily by laying a wreath on behalf of the Romanian Government, on behalf of the Romanian people as a sign of respect for the sacrifice of many Ukrainian youths, under the so dramatic circumstances that we know. I told the Ukrainian foreign minister in the phone call we had last week that the Romanians, maybe more than others, were very sensitive and reacted, there were many signs of solidarity that we all lived in Romania at that dramatic time, during the dramatic events in Kiev, given that we had our own revolution and we had very many youths who lost their lives, as the communist regime of the time was denying them the right to a freer and more prosperous life,’ Corlatean said.
FM Corlatean also met the European Union Delegation head in Kiev Jan Tombinski and the country’s interim President Olexander Turchynov.

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