"Until the country regains full control of that border I am concerned that weapons and personnel may continue to flow in," Kanerva said.
He also expressed belief that the OSCE monitors should be enabled to fully observe and help stabilize the situation along the full length of the border.
Speaking on the withdrawal of weapons from the demarcation line, Kanerva expressed his conviction that this process had to take place as soon as possible. "In my meetings today there was consensus that the withdrawal of heavy weapons in the east must happen as soon as possible," he said.
President Kanerva also underscored the importance of the Ukrainian government's reform initiatives and urged further efforts, particularly to combat corruption and to address the issue of decentralization.