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Виступ Надзвичайного і Повноважного Посла України у Республіці Індонезія Володимира Пахіля в рамках проведення 10-го Балійського форуму демократії, 7-8 грудня 2017 р.
Опубліковано 07 грудня 2017 року о 06:07

Your Excellency Mrs. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs

of the Republic of Indonesia,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen, 

 

At the onset I would like to congratulate the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Bali Democracy Forum. Let me reiterate that Ukraine attaches significant importance to the Forum as a unique international event aimed at promoting democratic ideas, values and principles.

I wish all participants fruitful discussions and valuable outcomes. 

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

The theme of our gathering is “Does democracy deliver?”. The simple answer is “yes” but let me briefly articulate Ukraine’s approaches and lessons learnt in this dimension.

Freedom and democracy are in the genes of the Ukrainian nation and we pay the highest price for the legitimate democratic aspirations. I would like to emphasize that Ukraine develops democratic institutions in the extremely complicated conditions of external aggression.

Four years ago, the whole of Ukraine was counting down to the signature of the EU Association Agreement. That Agreement symbolised dreams of a better life in the united democratic Europe. That passion turned into the Revolution of Dignity after the decision of the former Ukraine’s leader not to sign.

Motion of Ukrainians towards the socio-economic progress, rule of law and democratic values collided with severe counteraction from the side of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the neighbor-state used momentum to illegally annex the Crimea and to commence aggression in the Donbas region.

Over the four past years, millions of Ukrainians have stood up courageously to this deadly threat, many on the frontline in east Ukraine and others in the rear, under the democratic values. More than 10,000 Ukrainians have paid with their lives for our European choice.

I would like to specifically draw your attention to the deteriorated human rights situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea and urge all countries to support the Resolution “Human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”, which will be presented before the UN General Assembly in mid-December.

Crimean Tatars - the Ukrainian Muslims - are among those whose rights are being violated the most by the occupying power in the Crimea.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian aggression, Ukraine has advanced the reform agenda and progressed in its European path. One of the key strategic documents underpinning the reform process is new Government action plan for the implementation of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, which entered into force on      1 September 2017. 

We have launched in 2017 new reforms in seven critical sectors: education, the judiciary, the pension system, healthcare, public administration, cyber-security and electoral law.

The introduction of the visa-free regime with the EU is recognition of the success of the Ukrainian pro-European reforms.

Ukraine has climbed to 76th place in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, while three years ago Ukraine was 112th.

My country continued to successfully address significant macroeconomic challenges. GDP grew by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2017 and by 2.3% in the second quarter of the year.

Fight against corruption continues to be at the top of the agenda of the Ukrainian authorities. Anticorruption agencies have become fully operational, participating actively in anti-corruption efforts.

I would like to emphasize again that all the progress has been achieved on the background of ongoing Russian hybrid war against my country as well as with huge support rendered by our partners, European Union, Unites States, Japan and others.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

In my final remarks let me underscore that despite hard lessons learnt, we in Ukraine firmly believe that democracy is the primarily option in terms of the improvement of people’s lives, managing diversity, security, equity and social justice.

I thank you.

, Володимир Пахіль

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