Friday, April 4, Bucharest – President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus attended NATO–Ukraine Commission working session as part of the North Atlantic Council Summit in Bucharest.
According to President Adamkus, Lithuania‘s distinctive partnership with Ukraine has developed on the basis of shared vision, mutual interests and common values. Lithuania’s Head of State welcomed Ukraine’s strategic choice and political will to build on this cooperation in pursuit of closer Euro-Atlantic integration and, as part of it, NATO Membership.
"We see Ukraine as an inseparable part of the same transatlantic community to which we belong ourselves. Lithuania has always strongly supported Ukraine’s integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions since it is in the interest of both Ukraine and NATO," said Valdas Adamkus.
The President noted with appreciation Ukraine’s active contribution to all current NATO-led operations and missions and particularly welcomed the progress of reforms undertaken by Ukraine and the ongoing modernization of the Ukrainian State and society.
President Adamkus urged Ukraine to remain fully committed to the reform process in the light of its NATO-membership aspirations.
At the meeting of Lithuanian and Ukrainian heads of state, President Yushchenko thanked President Adamkus for supporting Ukraine during talks on Ukraine’s membership prospects at the Bucharest Summit.
“We got a clear message which is very important for Ukraine as it has opened the path which we will follow for sure,” said President Yushchenko.
“We are happy to contribute to welcoming you at NATO. The Membership Action Plan to be granted at the forthcoming meeting of NATO foreign ministers is just an instrument to achieve this goal,” underlined President Adamkus.
Ukraine‘s Head of State invited Lithuania‘s President to a high-level energy conference to be held in Kiev in May as a follow-up to the energy conference held in Vilnius.
Yesterday Lithuania’s Head of State also met with President Vladimir Voronin of Moldova invited to the NATO Summit in Bucharest.
Moldova's Head of State thanked Lithuania’s President for support at this new stage of Moldovan–EU relations and for considerable assistance by Lithuanian experts.
As noted in the Progress Report released yesterday by the European Commission, Moldova has made probably the best progress among the EU neighbors.
President Adamkus urged Moldova to continue reforms given its aspirations for EU-membership which is likely to be opened for Moldova and Ukraine in the near future and expressed hope that the EU would take a more active part in the solution of the Transnistria conflict.
The two presidents agreed to meet in the near future to discuss further bilateral cooperation.
Press Service of the President