JAPAN-UKRAINE JOINT STATEMENT

Tokyo, March 25, 2009

  1. H.E. Mrs. Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine visited Japan at the invitation of the Government of Japan from March 25 to 26, 2009, and held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan on March 25, where both sides discussed a wide range of issues, including the bilateral relations and global issues of mutual interest.
  2. Noting the importance of fundamental values such as democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law and market economy which both countries share, both sides underlined the importance of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. Both sides highly valued the active and fruitful dialogues between Japan and Ukraine which were conducted in recent years, including the 2nd Japan-Ukraine Cooperation Committee meeting between the Foreign Ministers of both countries in Tokyo, in March, 2008 and other high-level policy consultations.
  3. Both sides welcomed recent developments in bilateral economic relations, especially in trade and investment. The Japanese side welcomed Ukraine's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), on May 16, 2008. Taking note of the condition of the severe global economic crisis, both sides stressed the importance of maintaining and promoting free and open trade for sustainable economic growth, employment and prosperity, respecting WTO agreements, and reaffirmed the importance of taking a firm stand against prevailing protectionism.
  4. Both sides welcomed the successful results of the 2nd Joint Meeting of the Committee on Ukraine of Nippon Keidanren and Ukrainian Coordination Council for Economic Cooperation with Japan, held in Tokyo, on March 9, 2009, which discussed possibilities of business cooperation in such areas as energy conservation, usage of alternative sources of energy in the modernization of the Ukrainian industry, and the development of Ukrainian infrastructure. Both sides also welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine on March 25, 2009. The Japanese side acknowledged the importance of continued efforts by the Ukrainian side to improve the business environment for further development of bilateral economic relations. In this regard, the Ukrainian side expressed its readiness to continue intensive dialogues with representatives of the Japanese business society and to facilitate and support activities of the Japanese companies in Ukraine, and its expectation for realization of concrete projects in Ukraine with the participation of Japanese business representatives.
  5. Both sides expressed their concern about negative influence of the world economic crisis on both countries. In this regard, both sides welcomed the approval of a two-year Stand-by arrangement for Ukraine by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on November 5, 2008. The Ukrainian side welcomed the Japanese contribution to the IMF, including the agreement for lending up to 100 billion US Dollars to the IMF signed on February 13, 2009, as a provision for timely and effective balance of payments assistance to the IMF member states, and reaffirmed its intention to further cooperate with international financial institutions, including the IMF, to overcome the vulnerability of the Ukrainian economy. The Japanese side expressed its readiness to dispatch an expert in the financial sector to support the efforts made by the Ukrainian side to mitigate economic difficulties.
  6. Both sides recognized that climate change is one of the highest priorities of the global issues. Both sides welcomed the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Japan and the Government of Ukraine on co-operation in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol in accordance with Articles 6 and 17 of the Kyoto Protocol on July 14, 2008, and the signing of the Guideline for implementing the Green Investment Scheme (GIS) on March 18, 2009. With respect to the conclusion of the arrangement for transfer of Assigned Amount Unit (AAU) under the GIS on March 18, 2009 between New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and National Environmental Investment Agency of Ukraine (NEIA), both sides expressed their willingness to cooperate in facilitating the implementation of specific environmental measures under the GIS which lead to reduction of greenhouse gases emissions or other environmental benefits in Ukraine. In this regard, the Japanese side expressed its intention to dispatch a mission which consists of leading Japanese companies to Ukraine at a mutually acceptable timing. Both sides also recognized the potentiality of Joint Implementation (JI) projects under the Memorandum, which would enhance the bilateral economic relations as well as promote transfer of energy-saving technology.
  7. Both sides shared the long-term goal of at least 50% reduction of the global greenhouse gases emissions by 2050. Both sides underlined the usefulness of sectoral approaches in setting fair national emission reduction commitments for developed countries and in promoting global emission reduction through technology transfer to developing countries. Both sides shared the view that developing countries should take mitigation actions according to their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Both sides recognized the need for solidarity with countries most vulnerable to climate change such as the least developed countries and small island developing states, as well as the need to consider the impact of climate change on international security. Both sides shared the need to cooperate in establishing an effective international framework beyond 2012 in which all major economies participate in a responsible way at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, 2009.
  8. The Ukrainian side expressed its appreciation to the Japanese side for Japan's constant support for the consolidation of democracy, the establishment of market economy and the improvement of healthcare and medical services through Official Development Assistance, among others, the first Japanese ODA loan for the Boryspil State International Airport Development Project, which was launched in November 2008. Both sides expressed their willingness to cooperate for smooth implementation of the Project and for earliest completion of the construction. Both sides also highlighted the important role of the technical cooperation project at the Ukraine-Japan Center in Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, which will promote market economy in Ukraine and enhance bilateral relations in various fields, including trade and investment, the Japanese culture and language.
  9. Both sides expressed their intention to coordinate a mutually convenient date for the 2nd Meeting of the Japan-Ukraine Commission for Science and Technology Cooperation in Tokyo.
  10. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the projects implemented by the Japan-Ukraine Committee on Cooperation for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Reduced in Ukraine. Both sides also welcomed the recent progress in elaborating new projects through the Committee.
  11. Both sides welcomed progress and joint cooperation between Japan and Ukraine in the framework of the Nuclear Safety Account (NSA). In particular, the Ukrainian side expressed its appreciation for Japan's leading role as chair of G8, in facilitating a pledging meeting to the NSA in July 2008, which resulted in a great success. Both sides also noted various socio-economic projects related to the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which were successfully implemented through assistance by the Government of Japan as well as Japanese non-governmental organizations.
  12. Both sides praised cooperation between Japan and Ukraine within UN and its specialized agencies. Both sides expressed their determination to work together actively for an early realization of the UN Security Council reform, including the expansion of both permanent and non-permanent membership of the Council. In this context, the Ukrainian side confirmed its support for Japan's permanent membership of the Security Council, and the Japanese side expressed its appreciation for the support. The Ukrainian side expressed its hope for Japan's support of the coherent position of the Ukrainian side regarding the necessity of providing an additional non-permanent seat for Eastern-European regional group countries in the UN Security Council in any version of the UNSC enlargement.
  13. The Ukrainian side highly appreciated Japan's support for the Organization for Democracy and Development - GUAM and active cooperation and dialogue between Japan and GUAM. Both sides expressed confidence that continuation of "GUAM-Japan" dialogue, along with National Coordinators' meeting held in Tokyo on February 19, 2009 and the "GUAM-Japan" Workshop on Trade and Investment Promotion held in Tokyo on February 1-9, 2009, will create a strong basis for further cooperation in the sphere of mutual interest such as tourism, trade and investment, energy saving and environmental protection.
  14. Both sides exchanged views on international issues of mutual interest, including the situation in North Korea and emphasized that for peace and stability in the Northeast Asia, it is important that North Korea refrains from the launch it has announced. Both sides also shared the view that it is necessary to comprehensively resolve the outstanding issues of concern between Japan and North Korea, including the abduction, the nuclear and the missile issues.
  15. Both sides discussed other international issues of mutual interest.

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