Statement on Ukraine

April 20, 1996

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We met on 20 April 1996 with President Kuchma of Ukraine and together examined a wide range of issues to improve nuclear safety and security. We agreed to continue our bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Ukraine in this field.

President Kuchma announced Ukraine's endorsement of the Programme on Preventing and Combatting Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear Material and expressed his willingness to support the objectives and actions described in the Moscow Nuclear Safety and Security Summit declaration.

We recognized the importance of President Kuchma's decision to close Chernobyl by the year 2000 as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 20 December 1995.

The signatories to the Memorandum reaffirmed their commitment to its full implementation and will cooperate closely with Ukraine and with International Development Banks on measures to support Ukraine's decision. For his part, President Kuchma confirmed Ukraine's willingness to cooperate actively and efficiently within the framework of the Memorandum.

Source: Released at the Moscow Nuclear Safety and Security Summit, April 20, 1996.

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