Hungarian and Ukrainian FMs meet in New York
Thursday, September 22, 2005, 11:41
Hungarian Foreign Minister Ferenc Somogyi met with his Ukrainian counterpart Borys Tarasyuk in New York on Wednesday, ahead of a European Union-Ukraine summit scheduled for later in the year. Ukraine would like to use the December summit to become recognized as a market economy, and to start talks on easier conditions for obtaining visas to travel to the EU and establishing a free-trade zone, Tarasyuk told Somogyi. They also discussed the village of Solontsi, otherwise known as Velke Slemence or Szelmenc, populated by ethnic Hungarians and cut in half after World War II, so that half belongs to Ukraine and the other half to Slovakia. Tarasyuk said Ukraine was ready to open a permanent border crossing between the two halves of the village.