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Ukraine: U.S. Proposal To Reform UN Supported

Kyiv, 20 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Valery Pustovoitenko and Foreign Minister Hennady Udovenko today supported U.S. proposals to reform the United Nations.

They signalled their support in a meeting in Kyiv with the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson, who is on a 10-day trip to the Far East, Central Asia and Europe to promote U.S. reform proposals. They include expanding the Security Council to include Japan and Germany and lowering U.S. financial support to the world body.

Udovenko said Ukraine's positions coincide as to the reforms of the United Nations.

Correspondents say that Ukraine's support is significant because Udovenko is slated to be elected president of the 52 session of the UN General Assembly next month.

Richardson is scheduled to fly to Moscow later in the day for a short visit.