President insists on demarcation of borders with Russia, Belarus till year end

President Viktor Yanukovych considers necessary to complete demarcation of land borders with Russia and the border with Belarus until 2011, he said this today at a meeting on the state of the negotiation process with the EU association agreement.

"We need to focus on border demarcation with Russia and Belarus. It is necessary that we have worked aggressively and have completed this work this year," he said stressing that arrangement of these Ukrainian borders will contribute positively to its European integration. On May 17, within the frames of the official visit of President Dmitry Medvedev to Kyiv, Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement on demarcation of the interstate border. A few days later, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has signed a long-suffering agreement between Belarus and Ukraine on the state border, ratified by the Belarusian Parliament on April 26, which Kyiv has ratified in 1997. Belarus abstained from ratifying it due to economic and political issues. Although the problems are still there: "One thing is on the maps, on the ground - another," Lytvyn explained. The property issues should also be addressed, especially in the towns divided by the border.


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