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Brussels, 1 July 2011

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle on the agreement between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine over the Palanca issue

We welcome the agreement reached on 30 June 2011 between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova regarding the demarcation of the borderline between the two countries at the Odessa-Reni highway sector at Palanca.

The signing of the agreement will give a boost to bilateral relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, and will thus strengthen regional stability in the immediate neighbourhood of the European Union.

We encourage the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to continue their efforts to resolve all the outstanding issues regarding border demarcation. The EU stands ready to facilitate this process. More generally, this is also the result of constructive work between neighbours in the spirit of the Eastern Partnership.

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