Klimkin, Romanian Foreign Minister discuss new education law in New York

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister stressed that the law does not limit learning English language or general subjects in Romanian language
12:11, 20 September 2017

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin discussed recent Ukrainian law on education with the Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Meleșcanu at the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. It was reported by the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

Klimkin stressed that the law does not limit learning English language or general subjects in Romanian language, instead it creates the necessary prerequisites for the proper studying of Ukrainian language.

"The new law is aimed at creating additional opportunities for self-realization of national minorities representatives, in particular, for obtaining higher education in Ukrainian universities," he said.

The heads of foreign affairs departments of both countries agreed on the importance of maintaining active bilateral contacts in the educational sphere and supported the idea of mutual visits for consultations between the departments.

The politicians also discussed the start of a UN peacekeeping operation in the Donbas.

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In Klimkin’s opinion, UN peacekeepers should be deployed throughout the occupied Donbas territories, including along the temporarily uncontrolled part of Russian-Ukrainian border. Accordingly, it’s out of question to locate international forces solely along the existing line of contact, since this will only contribute to freezing the conflict, emergence of another "gray" zone on the European continent and consolidation of Russian influence there.

Meleșcanu, in his turn, declared full support of the Ukrainian position in this issue. He also stressed the importance of restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.

As it was reported earlier Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the education that starts the reform in Ukraine. The law provides that the language of the educational process is the state language.

Last week the Hungarian MFA criticized the adopted law on education noting that it violates the rights of the national minorities. Later Hungary complained to the UN and OSCE.

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Romania and Poland also claimed about their solicitude due to the possible violation of the rights of the national minorities.

Also, the President of Moldova criticized this law and urged Ukraine to reconsider new policy towards the national minorities.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine claimed that 'Law on Education' does not derogate from the rights of the representatives of the national minorities who live in Ukraine.

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andry Paruby passed the 'Law on Education' to the sign of the Ukrainian president on September 19.

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