NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND ROMANIA TOOK PLACE IN CHERNIVTSI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
The meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Teodor Melescanu, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliya Hrynevych, and the Minister of National Education of Romania Liviu-Marian Pop took place In the Red Hall of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. At the meeting were present local authorities, people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of Romanian community in Chernivtsi Oblast, principals and teachers of Romanian schools in Chernivtsi Oblast, administration and professors of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
It was emphasized at the meeting that Chernivtsi Oblast had been selected as a platform for meeting and negotiations with the community of Romanian ethnic group. Bukovyna, in Ukraine and abroad, is associated with tolerance, social, cultural and artistic links, which are crucial for harmonization and development of cross-border cooperation of both countries.
Roman Petryshyn, the Provost, spoke about educational programs and courses that are offered by the University and pointed out that the University provides students with such programs as “Romanian Language and Literature”, “Secondary Education (Romanian Language and Literature)”. Also he highlighted that “the University functions in a specific region, in which people of various ethnic groups and different religious views cohabitate in harmony”.
Liliya Hrynevych, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, stressed on the cultural diversity, which characterizes Ukraine, Bukovyna in particular. “Penetration of cultures, complementarity, and collaboration comprise our wealth”, the Minister remarked.
Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, supported Liliya Hrynevych and on the ground of his life experience and achievements outlined the importance of the Ukrainian Language acquisition.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Teodor Melescanu defined ethnic minorities as “a bridge linking our countries. And of course our countries have some obligations to ethnic minorities”.
“Nowadays Romania is the EU leader in the protection of ethnic minority rights that is why we want to see the same attitude to the Romanians who live in other countries”, mentioned Liviu-Marian Pop, the Minister of National Education of Romania.