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Kyiv, Brussels complete talks on association agreement
19 December 2011
Kiv and Brussels have formally completed the negotiations on the association agreement, which paves the way for the technical completion of the final text of the document.

This is stipulated in a draft joint statement by the leaders of the EU and Ukraine obtained by Interfax-Ukraine.

"The leaders noted with satisfaction that the chief negotiators had reached a common understanding on the full text of the association agreement, which will establish the future contractual basis of EU-Ukraine relations," reads the document.

"The way is now open for the technical completion of the final consolidated version of the agreement, including a deep and comprehensive free trade area, with a view to initialing it as soon as possible," reads the draft statement.

The EU recognizes Ukraine's European aspirations and states that the association agreement leaves open the way for the further progressive development of relations between Kyiv and Brussels.

"The leaders exchanged views on the future of Ukraine-EU relations based on the objectives and principles of the association agreement. This association agreement leaves open the way for further progressive development in EU-Ukraine relations," reads the draft statement.

In addition, the EU recognizes that Ukraine "as a European country, with a European identity,shares a common history and common values with the countries of the European Union, and acknowledged that gradual convergence ofUkraine with the EU in political, economic and legal areas would contribute to further progress in EU-Ukraine relations."

"The EU acknowledged the European aspirations ofUkraineand welcomed its European choice," reads the draft statement.

Source: KyivPost

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