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President met with South Korean PM

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 16:08

President met with South Korean PM

President met with South Korean PM

President Victor Yushchenko met with Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan of South Korea, Presdient’s press office reported.

In his opening statement, the Head of State said he was convinced the Republic of Korea and Ukraine could develop successful relations and stressed this visit was very important.

“It is time we turn the page in our relations,” he said.

At the meeting, the sides discussed a wide range of questions on bilateral cooperation between the two countries. They primarily spoke about ways to activate economic and technological cooperation. They believe the Ukrainian-Korean Trade Committee, which plans to hold a meeting in 2006, will help promote trade-economic cooperation. The Head of State said the commodity turnover rate could be considerably increased and thanked South Korea for rendering technical aid to Ukraine.

In his turn, Lee Hae-chan reassured the President that his country also wished to cooperate with Ukraine and said we could integrate our technological capabilities to build airplanes.

The sides agreed that, to activate our contacts, it was important to conduct a bilateral business forum.

This has been the first visit of the South Korean Premier to Ukraine since the two countries established diplomatic relations.

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Ukraine to form a structure to fight cancer disease

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 15:36

Ukraine to form a structure to fight cancer disease

Ukraine to form a structure to fight cancer disease

The President of Ukraine along with Ukrainian Health Minister Yuri Polyachenko and Director of French National Oncology Institute David Hyatt discussed the prospects of the state agency which would coordinate the activity focusing on the cancer disease treatment. The state agency will regard the experience of French medicine concerning this question, as reported by the President’s press service.

The parties mentioned the importance of creation of corresponding national program consisting of Ukrainian and French experts.

The new structure will regulate the activity of all cancer hospitals, prevention establishments and laboratories.

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President makes statement on Kryvorizhstal

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 15:04

President makes statement on Kryvorizhstal

President makes statement on Kryvorizhstal

President Victor Yushchenko met with Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov to discuss next week’s auction to sell the Kryvorizhstal Metallurgical Plant. Later the Head of State made a statement on the subject of Kryvorizhstal re-privatization, President’s press office reported.

At the meeting, the President stressed that a dispute about this privatization had agitatated our society and “is disappointing, dangerous and inadmissible when speaking about Ukraine’s national and state interests.”

Yushchenko reiterated that Ukraine had been preparing to conduct the auction for six months and it was “a moral duty” for the government tohold it.

“Frankly speaking, I cannot understand people’s deputies that are voting against the Kryvorizhstal auction,”he opined, adding that this could have negative economic consequences.

“So I would like to say that there are two reasons why we have no right to give up our determination to re-privatize Kryvorizhstal. The first reason is moral and political. By this auction we want to show we will repeal all illegal acts passed in the past years. The second point is legal. We have never spoken about nationalization of these privatized enterprises,” said Yushchenko.

He stressed that the 2005 budget did not provide for nationalization, for it would take four billion budget hryvnias.

“We wanted to stop any political demagogy last year when we were approving the budget. These things cannot be discussed illegally. These are political intrigues that only damage the matter,” he said.

Addressing former owners of the enterprise, the President said: “Some time agowe could equally and fairly take part in the auction. You did not use this chance so it is time we put an end to this.”

The Head of State also cautioned all “not to take any destructive measures” concerning the auction on October 24.

Speaking about his meetings with business leaders in the past two weeks, Yushchenko stressed, “The State guarantees that fair business will be protected by government. We urge all businessmen to develop transparent relations with government, legalize their business and pay taxes.”

He also thanked those local business leaders that helped to considerably increase this year’s revenue.

“I am sure legalization of business we have been waiting for is a great move to consolidate interests of government, society and business,” stressed Yushchenko.

In his turn, Yekhanurov informed the President that they were actively preparing for the auction and expected no problems to happen. He also said that, at the room for the auction committee, there will be no outsiders and two television channels would broadcast the auction live. The Prime Minister stressed that this privatization was somehow similar to nationalization because “the budget will get additional money.”

“We are ready to conduct the auction and there will be no handicaps whatsoever,” he said forcefully.

Yekhanurov also told the President about the work of all regional authorities in the past nine months. He said all indexes had been meticulously analyzed. Yekhanurov said many regional residents had been polled to find out what they thought of their new officials.

“I think we will soon be able to draw conclusions from that damning criticism of the authorities. This is objective information and we should respond immediately to such facts. The government will spare no effort to analyze these failures,” he said.

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The batlle between Communists and Ukrainian Nationalists. Afterword

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 14:23

The batlle between Communists and Ukrainian Nationalists. Afterword

The batlle between Communists and Ukrainian Nationalists. Afterword

There are two diametrically opposite attitude of the state agencies towards the events of October 15 where Communist Party and OUN-UPA (Ukrainian Rebel Army) clutched each other in the Khreshchatik Street.

The first one is the opinion of the General Office of Public Prosecutor which was given publicity by the deputy acting as General Prosecutor Vasyl Prysyazhnyuk.

According to Prysyazhnyuk, the General Office of Public Prosecutor took the incident under its own control. “The criminal case is being effectively investigated,” added he. Prysyazhnyuk also mentioned that General Office of Public Prosecutor charged the corresponding agencies with internal investigation of policemen’s actions in the incident. He also on behalf of the Office called the deputies of Ukrainian parliament to pass the Act “On Prevention of Criminality.”

The second standpoint belongs to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) which did not fix any violations of the law during the parades of the communists and the nationalists. The Head of the Security Service Igor Drizhchany announced it.

“Concerning the sphere of SBU activity, there was not any corpus delicti in the events of October 15,” stated the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine.

He also added that “from the point of legal view the event has been concluded but there is political content of it.”

He forecasted the new incidents of that kind.

“There is real threat of the radical state of public opinion concerning November 7 and November 21 (dates of the Red and the Orange Revolutions). So, we must get ready for it,” said Drizhchany.

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KPU and PSPU can be exclude from the register list of participants in the parliamentary elections-2006

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 13:59

KPU and PSPU can be exclude from the register list of participants in the parliamentary elections-2006

KPU and PSPU can be exclude from the register list of participants in the parliamentary elections-2006

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported interpellations of several MPs to Ministry of Justice concerning exclusion of a number of the political parties from the register list of participants in the parliamentary elections-2006.

In particular, people’s deputy Yaroslav Kendzer appealed to Ministry of Justice with the interpellation, in which he asks to consider the issue of exclusion “Soyus” (Union) party, “Bratstvo” (Community) party, Progressive Socialistic Party of Ukraine (PSPU) and Communistic Party (KPU) from the list.

Besides, people’s deputy Alexander Chornovolenko appealed to Ministry of Justice with the interpellation, in which he asks to forbid activity of KPU and PSPU. According to the deputy’s opinion, their actions during “anti-Ukrainian Sabbath” on Kreshchatic st. October 15 were directed to liquidation of Ukraine’s independence, violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, propaganda of violation and stirring up ethnic enmity.

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The crucial mistake of Yulia Timoshenko

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 13:35

The crucial  mistake of Yulia Timoshenko

The crucial mistake of Yulia Timoshenko

The main mistake of ex-premier was absence of her ministers in the Cabinet. That is she did not appoint any minister by herself.

According to Brodsky, the only Timosenko’s person was ex-Head of Security service of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov. He also mentioned that “under Turchinov there was increasing confidence in the Security Service of Ukraine. The officials of the Service became to respect themselves and not to be ashamed of working in this structure.” As a reminder, the Security Service is the modern analogue of former KGB.

“If the President Yushchenko is indignant at Turchinov who eyed for his friends instead of corruption, so what is a problem? None is guilty that his friends have appeared to be the representatives of corruption,” explained Mikhail Brodsky mentioning Poroshenko, Tretyakov and Martynenko.

He also said about Timoshenko’s supporters in the Cabinet – Tomenko and Teryokhin, who suffered because of their opposite sights.

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Humanitarian mission to Ukraine met corruption

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 12:20

Humanitarian mission to Ukraine met corruption

Humanitarian mission to Ukraine met corruption

A West St. Paul woman said her Christian group’s humanitarian mission to Ukraine recently encountered a deeply embedded problem in that part of the world: corruption.

Airport customs inspectors in Kiev, Ukraine, seized all the donated medicines that her group, Volunteers in Medical Missions (www.vimm.org), brought with it to give to poor people.

“They confiscated our medications, all of them, every drop,” said Lisa Prytula, a nurse with United Hospital in St. Paul, who returned earlier this month from a two-week trip in the former Soviet republic of 48 million people. It was her second relief mission to the Eastern European nation.

Prytula estimated the cash value of the loss at $3,000 in over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including antibiotics. Despite the confiscation, the group members carried on with their mission of serving poor villagers near Chernobyl. They spent several thousand dollars in a combination of personal and donated cash.

Prytula, who speaks Ukrainian fluently and is the daughter of Ukrainian emigres, said customs agents never gave a legal basis for taking the drugs. And after hours of talking with a changing cast of rude officials who gave shifting rationales, Prytula never learned who was in charge.

But she found out what it would have taken to get the drugs back: a cash bribe, something her delegation of seven refused to pay.

“They wanted money,” Prytula said. “We weren’t willing to pay the bribes and support the corruption that is breaking the backs of people. That wasn’t an option.”

In her talks with the Boryspil International Airport agents, Prytula learned they were not fans of Americans or Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, the Western-oriented politician who led last year’s Orange Revolution.

Those peaceful street protests overturned the results of a rigged election that would have brought to power Viktor Yanukovich, the hand-picked successor of the scandal-plagued former president Leonid Kuchma.

“There was mockery,” Prytula said. “They said, ‘You Americans really like Yushchenko. We don’t need your American doctors and nurses coming here helping us.’ We were definitely targeted as Americans.”

“They get away with whatever they want,” she said. “They’re really out of control.”

Attempts to reach a spokesperson in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Ukrainian Consulate in Chicago were unsuccessful Thursday.

But the lasting consequence is that the Seneca, S.C.-based Volunteers in Medical Missions won’t go back to Ukraine.

“We want to be good stewards of the resources we have,” said the organization’s executive director, Larry Secrest. In Ukraine, he said, the group was “following the same procedure we have followed previously, for about five or six years. We were blindsided on this one.”

What makes it appear to be a simple case of brazen corruption is the refusal of government officials to return the seized medicine when the delegation left the nation, Secrest said.

Rather than invest much effort in protest, Secrest said, volunteers’ time and money are better spent in nations where the needs are greater and the welcome is better. The decision is understandable, Prytula said, but it still “breaks my heart.”

She said the delegation’s lead doctor, Carl Jones, had wanted a permanent relationship with one of the poorly equipped village clinics near Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion.

After leaving the airport, Prytula said, the rest of the trip was uneventful. But, even though the Ukrainian national capital of Kiev is doing relatively well, rural villagers remain mired in poverty.

Her experience made her disenchanted with the Yushchenko administration.

“The people said to me, ‘I don’t see any difference in my quality of life.’ Nothing has changed in the poor villages. Gas was three times more expensive. Food was more expensive. The standards of living haven’t improved,” Prytula said. “I think it was pathetic that nothing has happened in nearly a year.”

But Prytula remains interested in providing charitable medical help. Volunteers in Medical Missions works in India, Africa and Latin America and makes many trips each year.

So, for Prytula, it could be goodbye to Ukraine. “I want to go to Honduras in the summer,” she said.
BY BRIAN BONNER
Pioneer Press

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General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the case against Poroshenko

Posted by the Editor on October 21, 2005


News / 21 October 2005 | 12:00

General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the case against Poroshenko

General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the case against Poroshenko

In absence of corpus delicti General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the criminal case, instituted against Petro Poroshenko, former Secretary of National Security and Defense Council.

As reported by the acting Prosecutor General Sergey Vinokurov, “the commission, formed for investigating corruption cases, was examining this case for three days and came to the conclusion that there were no signs of crime in Poroshenko’s actions.”

Besides, Sergey Vinokurov refuted the statement of Alexander Turchinov, former Chairman of Security Service of Ukraine, who declared that Poroshenko’s case was closed by instructions pf President Yushchenko.

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