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President speaks to journalists

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 16:30

President speaks to journalists

President speaks to journalists

President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday, Journalism Day, spoke to Ukrainian journalists in his secretariat, the President’s press office informs.

Yushchenko thanked them for their “professional commitment, courage and loyal service to the Ukrainian people and the state.” “We are proud of many Ukrainian journalists. We are proud of many heroic journalists who have sacrificed not only their energy and efforts but even their lives to give us a chance to speak about freedom, democracy and human values in Ukraine,” he said.

The president said Ukraine “needs new and modern media policies,” calling on journalists to work hard “not to discredit the professional standards achieved in 2004.”

Yushchenko said it was vital to guarantee press freedom. “I see it as my priority to create free, independent and uncensored public television,” he said, adding that “it is time we stopped talking and started working.” “I am ready to support and help implement a systemic, rational and realistic model of public television. I am looking forward to your proposals.”

The president said journalists should remember that press freedom was not only their privilege but also their obligation to be unbiased and accurate. He described financial independence as a key to political neutrality and said there were a few truly impartial media outlets supported by foreign investors. “There should be more such examples, particularly in the regions. Ukraine’s media market must be strong and independent.”

“Your civic commitment, impartiality and economic independence make you a full-fledged estate in Ukraine,” he said. “I believe in your strength, respect your hard work and want you to continue working for the sake of the independent Ukraine.”

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There were no appeals to Ukraine Security Service on possible Tsushko’s poisoning

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 16:10

There were no appeals to Ukraine Security Service on possible Tsushko's poisoning

There were no appeals to Ukraine Security Service on possible Tsushko’s poisoning

There were no appeals to the Ukraine Security Service on possible poisoning of Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko. Maryna Ostapenko, the press secretary of the Ukraine Security Service informed that at a briefing.

She also noted the Interior Minister is guarded by the corresponding subdivisions of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and they have not applied to the special services too.

At the same time, Ostapenko noted that the Ukraine Security Service is ready to help in that investigation, if it is necessary, “UNIAN” reports.

On June 1 the People’s deputy from Social party of Ukraine, Evgen Filindash, during the morning plenary session claimed he knew that Tsushko had been poisoned, as well as he knew the organizers of that incident.

According to him, the Ukraine Security Service is the only forceful body which has refused to submit to the President’s Secretariat pressure.

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Yulia Tymoshenko’s congratulations on Day of Journalist

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 15:41

Yulia Tymoshenko's congratulations on Day of Journalist

Yulia Tymoshenko’s congratulations on Day of Journalist

“June – 6 the Day of Ukrainian journalists. But for you it is maybe not a holiday. As I know that this day you as anyone else go to work: to write, speak or make photos and reports. The people expect results of your work. They are interested where Yanukovych is, Who Tymoshenko meets with, what the President says. They found out all these news from nobody but you.

It is necessary to be devoted to this work in order to be a good journalist. Journalism is forever and at once. It is a work that can’t be estimated by volume of author’s emoluments, by signed numbers of article or amount of salary. Journalism is way of life of courageous and not indifferent people.

I congratulate you on you professional day. Wish you all the best, success, real human happiness, inspiration and luck,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in her congratulated statement.

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BYuT insists on legal resignation

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 15:20

BYuT insists on legal resignation

BYuT insists on legal resignation

Yulia Tymoshenko bloc insists on the fact that from the date of inter-party congress decision plenary powers of all deputies of the bloc are quitted ahead of schedule. This information is given in BYUT report pblicized on Tuesday, Yulia Tymoshenko press office informed.

It is marked in the document that 103 applications of deputies for the recess from faction “are constitutional ground for the cessation of a deputy of Ukraine plenary powers ahead of schedule”.

“Such procedure makes impossible interference of Verkhovna Rada (parliamentary majority) with the procedure of deputies’ plenary powers cessation”, – the statement stresses and adds that plenary powers are quitted from the day of approval of the decision by higher leading organ of the political party or electoral block of political parties.

“Legal procedure for resignation of 103 people’s deputies of Ukraine from BYUT ahead of schedule is fully completed”, – is marked in the document.

At the same time BYUT underlines, that 26 BYUT people’s deputies who did not write resignation applications were also deprived of plenary powers.

“The ground for inter-party congress decision about the recess of these 26 people’s deputies became the fact that they have actually quit to participate in the work of faction. These deputies joined the coalition of majority of the parliament, having betrayed electors and BYUT deputy faction”, – the report states.

“Having set the fact of BYUT faction recess, following the provisions of Article 81, part 6 of the Constitution, the congress decided to quit plenary powers of these deputies ahead of schedule”, – the document reports.

“The provisions of part 3 of Article 8 of the Constitution of Ukraine stipulate the principle of direct action of the constitutional norms. On the basis of this article inter-party congress applied the norm of the Constitution about cessation of deputy plenary powers ahead of schedule, which is stipulated by part 6 of Article 81 of the Constitution”, – the report marks.

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Yushchenko will visit informal CIS countries summit

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News / 6 June 2007 | 15:00

Yushchenko will visit informal CIS countries summit

Yushchenko will visit informal CIS countries summit

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko will participate in informal summit of CIS courtiers leaders on June 10, 2007. The deputy head of the President’s secretariat Olexander Chaly told today at the briefing.

According to Chaly, summit will take place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

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Government approved plan of NATO trainings

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News / 6 June 2007 | 14:41

Government approved plan of NATO trainings

Government approved plan of NATO trainings

Today the Cabinet has approved target plan Ukraine-NATO for 2007. Volodymyr Khandogy the deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine told today, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to Khandogy, this plan foresees intensive cooperation in many spheres, including mutual trainings.

As a reminder, on March 26, 2007 House of representative of the USA congress approved draft bill on support of Georgia and Ukraine accession to NATO and on funds allocation from American budget to these countries within program “assistance in security sphere.”

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BYuT representatives intend to save faction?

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 14:19

BYuT representatives intend to save faction?

BYuT representatives intend to save faction?

The BYuT people’s deputy Mykola Zamkovenko intends to work in the parliament and to save BYuT faction in the parliament.

“I was and am a member of BYuT faction. I am not going to leave it. I am convinced that 25-30 BYuT people’s deputies will cancel their resignation applications. We will choose a leader and will work,” he said in an interview to “Newspaper 24″.

He opined that ‘”one says Yulia Tymoshenko’s resignation is written by somebody else, there is only her signature,” he said.

According to him, resignation applications of BYuT and “Our Ukraine” people’s deputies have many remarks.

He also opined that elections will not be held as there will be no 151 resignation applications, adding that “Our Ukraine” has many problems with zeroing of lists.

He confirmed that BYuT representatives signed resignation collectively at the faction session. “When the President on April 2 issued a decree on VRU dissolution, I signed resignation as well as all people’s deputies. But when the President began to dismiss CCU judges, I understood he acted illegal, I withdrew my resignation,” he said

“I don’t consider the appropriate way out of the current political situation is early parliamentary elections. I think the political forces will not be changed,” he said.

Zamkovenko also noted that he continues to be a people’s deputy of Ukraine and he did not see any document that deprives him from people’s deputy mandate.

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President meets foreign diplomats

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2007


News / 6 June 2007 | 13:55

President meets foreign diplomats

President meets foreign diplomats

President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday met with foreign diplomats accredited to Ukraine to thank them for supporting the country’s bid to resolve its political crisis in a democratic manner, President’s press office informs.

Yushchenko assured the diplomats the Verkhovna Rada “has no authority.” “I want you to send this message to your capitals. From now on, the deputies of the fifth convocation can continue to perform only those of their functions that have no direct relation to the authorities to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” he said.

The president said the most important achievement was that “the crisis is being settled through democratic, nonviolent and lawful means: “We are following our tradition to resolve the most difficult problems in a civilized way.”

Yushchenko said the crisis would be over after early parliamentary elections. “An early election is a legitimate, democratic and civilized mechanism which has no signs of political or legal emergency.”

The head of state said his June 5 decree to hold snap elections on September 30 was in line with his May 27 deal with Prime Minister Yanukovych and Speaker Moroz. “My decision is consistent with the constitution and is based on article 82 of Ukraine’s supreme law and the October 17/2002 ruling by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine,” he said, adding that his decree was valid and thus binding.

Yushchenko described the September poll as an important key to the country’s stabilization, expressing hopes it would help “bridge all the differences and create a necessary background to renew and accelerate economic, social and constitutional reforms.”

The president said he would ignore those who seek to disrupt last month’s agreement, calling some actions and statements by the governing coalition “counterproductive. “If the agreement is breached, it will be the fault of the leaders of the Verkhovna Rada. It seems someone wants to resume this conflict to save their posts and immunity,” he said.

Yushchenko pledged to make sure lawmakersin the country’s new parliament have no absolute immunity and promised to conduct the snap poll in a fair and democratic manner. “As President, I will allow no abuse of authority, no administrative pressure, falsifications and sabotage. Such things are criminally prosecutable,” he said, inviting international observers to monitor the September election.

“Ukraine is grateful to all its partners for their support and understanding,” he said, adding, however, that “any attempt tomeddle in our affairs will be regarded as unacceptable.”

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