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Ukrainian, Romanian Presidents set to end border spat

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko met with his Romanian counterpart, Traian Basescu, in Bucharest on 21 April. "We both believe that we need to boost mutual trust," Reuters quoted Yushchenko as saying after his meeting with Basescu. Both presidents reportedly pledged to tackle bilateral disputes such as the delimitation of an oil-rich continental shelf in the Black Sea around Serpents Island and a Ukrainian project to use a shipping canal in the Danube delta.

They also said they will set up a commission to cooperate in solving the conflict in Moldova's separatist Transdniester region and in monitoring ethnic minority issues in both states. "We will create a Basescu Yushchenko commission which will tackle the most painful bilateral problems," Yushchenko said.

(RFE/RL 22.iv.05)

 
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