Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ukraine to keep on rendering assistance to Georgia in post-war recovery

Ukraine will continue to provide assistance to Georgia in post-war recovery of economics, transport infrastructure and social sector, Konstiantyn Yeliseyev, Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, told reporters in Brussels, currently participating in the International Donors Conference for Georgia: call for wide international support for stabilization and growth in Georgia, being held under the auspices of the European Commission and the World Bank.

Yeliseyev reminded that the Ukrainian party sent a humanitarian assistance to Georgia at some USD 1 million right after the conflict completion, and then the Georgian government received about USD 11 million to restore an economic infrastructure, and several days ago a decision was made to earmark the same amount by the year end. A total of 200 Georgian children from the conflict area improved health in Crimea, and another group of 100 children will arrive in Ukraine soon for treatment and psychological rehabilitation.

Asked by the correspondent about the effect on Ukraine's foreign policy of a certain evolution of visions of EU countries on the conflict causes, the Ukrainian diplomat said this issue in Ukraine is a subject of political disputes. However, according to him, Ukraine's main political forces share three basic approaches regarding Georgia. These are non-use of force in settling political crises, especially frozen conflicts, unconditional support to Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as non-recognition of self-proclaimed South Ossetia and Abkhazia, K. Yeliseyev said.