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PRIME MINISTER PUSTOVOITENKO TO VISIT LUXEMBOURG
Ukraine's Prime Minister Valery Pustovoitenko will visit the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on May 8 - 9, according to the Cabinet of Ministers press service. During the visit, Mr. Pustovoitenko will attend the meeting of the Ukraine-European Union Cooperation Council, which is considered to be important to Ukraine's bid for integration into European structures. Mr. Pustovoitenko, who is a co-chair of the Ukraine-EU Cooperation Council, will discuss the current state and future of cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union. Mr. Pustovoitenko will hold several other important meetings, attend a seminar on "Economic Cooperation Between Ukraine and Luxembourg," and visit Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies. Inter alia, the Ukrainian Prime Minister is to meet the heir to the Grand Duchy, Prince Henry. He is also expected to have a meeting with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Foreign Minister / Minister of Foreign Trade and Cooperation Jacques Poos, and Parliamentary Speaker Jean Schpaunz.
NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL DISCUSSES NUCLEAR TESTS BY INDIA AND PAKISTAN
The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council met on May 6, to discuss the effects of the recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan. Members of the council agreed that the nuclear tests undermined the existing mechanism for preventing nuclear weapons proliferation and threaten stability not only in Southern Asia but in the world as a whole. They stressed that Ukraine as a nation that voluntarily gave up the world's third largest nuclear arsenal intends to actively discuss nuclear safety both on bilateral level and within the framework of international organizations. The NSDC also stressed the special responsibilities of the permanent members of the UN Security Council in this regard. The National Security and Defense Council called upon India and Pakistan to refrain from further steps that may escalate the situation and urged the two countries to resolve their differences peacefully.
RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN CONSULTATIONS ON NON-PROLIFERATION AND EXPORT CONTROL ISSUES
Kiev played host to consultations between the Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministries' delegations involving issues of nuclear non-proliferation and control over export of arms. The two delegations exchanged information and experience with regard to improvements in relevant national legislation and optimization of licensing procedures involving exports of armaments and products subject to the two nations' export control. The attendants also discussed prospects of Ukrainian -Russian cooperation in the military-technical domain, particularly involving the AN-70 aircraft project.
PRESIDENT KUCHMA RESHUFFLES NATIONAL GUARD
President Leonid Kuchma has signed a decree appointing new officials of the Ukrainian National Guard. National Guard Colonel Volodymyr Frolov was appointed first deputy commander of the Ukrainian National Guard, Colonel Hryhoriy Marchenko was appointed deputy commander and chief of staff, while Colonel Mykola Kost and Colonel Stanislav Tregubenko were appointed deputy commanders.
COLUMBIA CREW TO VISIT UKRAINE
The crew of the American space shuttle Columbia will visit Ukraine on June 15, by invitation of Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma. Leonid Kadeniuk, the first cosmonaut of independent Ukraine, was a member of the crew. The Columbia crew and their wives will visit Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, and the Crimea. They are expected to meet with President Kuchma, members of Ukraine’s parliament, and senior officials of the Defense Ministry and the National Aerospace Agency. Mr. Kadeniuk is expected to address parliament on this occasion.
EXHIBITION ENTITLED "UKRAINIANS IN AMERICA" OPENS IN CHERNIVTSY
An exhibition "Ukrainians in America" has opened in Chernivtsy. Items on display include documents and photos provided by the US Embassy in Kiev as a gift to the Bukovyna Diaspora Center. A special section displays materials about outstanding Americans of Ukrainian origin, including businessmen, researchers, authors, artists, astronauts, and soldiers
EUROPEAN UNION HONORS UKRAINIAN SCIENTISTS FOR DEVELOPING ANTI-TUMOR DRUG
Two Ukrainian medical doctors - Hryhoriy Bondar and Oleksandr Borota from the Donetsk region's Oncological center - on May 6, were honored by the European Union for developing an anti-tumor drug called Ukrain for treatment of oncology patients. Ukrain was recently registered in Ukraine as a cancer drug.