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Ukrainian, Hungarian presidents hold bilateral talks

President Victor Yushchenko met with Hungarian counterpart László Sólyom, according to the President’s press-office.

Together, the presidents visited two primary schools in Vylok village in Zakarpattya region. In school first grade classes are taught in Ukrainian and in second grade, Hungarian. In his speech Yushchenko said that it is important to introduce Ukrainian language in schools teaching in Hungarian so that their graduates had access to higher education in Ukrainian institutes.

Speaking about today’s bilateral meeting Yushchenko said that its main aim is to introduce greater dynamics to bilateral cooperation including in fields of education and relations between Hungarian communities living in Ukraine and Ukrainians.

From his part Sólyom said that his country highly values Ukraine’s efforts in supporting the local ethnic Hungarian community. He noted that free access of Hungarians to education in their native language is very important admitting however necessity to introduce Ukrainian language in such schools. Sólyom also announced that despite Hungary’s joining the Schengen zone his country shall do everything to keep the border between the states transparent. To reaffirm high levels of bilateral relations between the two nations Sólyom plans to come to Ukraine with an official visit in March 2008. (