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Romania/Ukraine: Talks Progress, But Bring No Agreement

Kyiv, 28 February 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A senior Ukrainian official says Ukraine and Romania have failed to reach final agreement on a wide-ranging friendship and cooperation accord.

Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister, Anton Buteiko, told a news conference in Kyiv today that the two countries had made progress during talks this week but were still split on some issues.

Buteiko did not say what differences remained. But he said the rest of the accord could be agreed on the expert level, without the need for formal negotiations.

There was no immediate comment from the Romanian side.

The talks, in their ninth round, stalled when Romania insisted that Ukraine acknowledge some blame for the former Soviet Union's seizure of parts of Romanian territory in 1944 under the Nazi-Soviet pact. Ukraine refuses to take any blame.