Yushchenko Urges Diplomats to Advertise Ukraine’s Opportunities

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has urged diplomats to conduct a more active foreign policy.

“I would like to set the task for you all to be more active in your foreign policy efforts. Nobody has relieved you of this task yet,” Yushchenko said in his opening remarks at a meeting of the country’s leadership with Ukrainian ambassadors.

Yushchenko said that bilateral inter-government commissions for cooperation with some countries had been idle for the past three or four years. The latest business conference was held five years ago.

“Your key task is to brief the world on the new situation that has taken shape in Ukraine,” Yushchenko said. “All of us feel that we live in a different country, under a different sky, with different people and in unique circumstances.”

He believes it is the diplomats’ duty to effectively publicize these changes and to achieve a new format of cooperation.

“It is beyond doubt that the issue of the day is a new foreign policy, and fundamental changes in our foreign economic policy,” Yushchenko said. “The ideals of law, freedom and democracy proclaimed during the “orange revolution” are important to us,” he said.

Source: Itar-Tass