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Victor Yanukovich asks the West to send observers to Ukraine

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News / 8 February 2006 | 17:30

Victor Yanukovich asks the West to send observers to Ukraine

Victor Yanukovich asks the West to send observers to Ukraine

The leader of the Party of Regions Victor Yanukovich addressed the diplomatic representatives to send the international observers for the coming parliamentary election in Ukraine.

“I want to ask your countries to send the observers in order to provide legal, fair and transparent election and its results,” stressed Yanukovich.

He also stated the Party of Regions will lead the fair campaign and “plan to win.”

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Yushchenko’s aide welcomes foreign democratic support

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News / 8 February 2006 | 17:17

Yushchenko's aide welcomes foreign democratic support

Yushchenko’s aide welcomes foreign democratic support

Ukrainian presidential aide Vladyslav Kaskiv said Wednesday he saw nothing wrong with overseas support for democratic institutions in his country and did not perceive it as foreign interference.

“I do not see anything wrong with democratic countries providing support for democratic principles [in other countries],” the leader of the Pora-PRP election bloc said referring to Western aid to Ukraine.

The aide appeared to be alluding to Russia’s new law, which restricted the operation of NGOs in the country. Russian politicians viewed foreign-funded NGOs as having played a major role in the “color revolutions” that swept several former Soviet states in recent years, giving rise to domestic concerns that these organizations were pursuing similar goals in Russia. The West largely saw the law as a Kremlin tactic to tighten control over foreign activity and expressed concerns that it could limit democratic freedoms.

Addressing a RIA Novosty news conference, Kaskiv accused the leaders of some former Soviet countries of making no distinction between support for democracy and foreign interference in domestic affairs.

“We draw a clear line between democratic institutions and interference in domestic affairs. These criteria are outlined in international documents,” he said. “Unfortunately, some former Soviet republics and their political elites see no difference and treat their countries as personal property.”

Kaskiv said he would do everything possible to involve Ukraine in promoting democracy in, above all, the former Soviet republics.

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Russia will not revise the terms of gas supply for Ukraine

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News / 8 February 2006 | 16:40

Russia will not revise the terms of gas supply for Ukraine

Russia will not revise the terms of gas supply for Ukraine

Russia will not diversify the terms of Russian gas supply to Ukraine, Russian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Victor Chernomyrdin told.

“Russia is suited with everything and we tell it once and again. We will not change anything,” said Chernomyrdin.

Russian diplomat urged the political parties and election blocs not to speculate for the theme concerning the denunciation of the gas agreement with Russia. “Take it easy, none will denunciate the agreement,” noted the Ambassador.

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Cabinet to set limits on gas consumption

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News / 8 February 2006 | 16:20

Cabinet to set limits on gas consumption

Cabinet to set limits on gas consumption

Economic Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk reported that the government charged Ministry for Fuel and Energy of Ukraine and a number of profile ministries to prepare changes to Law of Ukraine “On oil and gas”, in which to provide for possibility to set limits on consumption of natural gas for all categories of consumers.

The Minister added that Ministry for Fuel and Energy is also charged with preparation of changes to legislation, which will provide for penalties for over-limit consumption of gas.

Yatsenyuk noted that except for limits it will be introduced obligatory fulfillment of programs on energy saving. “If programs on energy saving are carried out and limits are not exceeded, you will get gas at $110. If you overstep the limits, pay double fine,” said the Minister.

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Ukraine’s General Office of Public Prosecutor and IOM signed the agreement

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News / 8 February 2006 | 16:00

Ukraine's General Office of Public Prosecutor and IOM signed the agreement

Ukraine’s General Office of Public Prosecutor and IOM signed the agreement

Ukraine’s General Office of Public Prosecutor and the International Organization for Migration signed an agreement on cooperation, the Public Prosecutor press service reported.

February 7, Oleksandr Shynalsky the Deputy Prosecutor General and Mr. Jeffrey Labovits the Head of IOM Mission in Ukraine put their signatures under the document.

The agreement regulates the cooperation between two institutions within the sphere of prevention and fight against the illegal migration and human trafficking.

The participants of the meeting discussed the prospects of further cooperation in this sphere and its basic trends aimed at the raising the level of professional skills and realization of study programs, technical support.

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President convened bird flu meeting

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News / 8 February 2006 | 15:35

President convened bird flu meeting

President convened bird flu meeting

Victor Yushchenko met with Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, Agrarian Minister Oleksandr Baranivsky, Veterinary Service Head Ivan Bisyuk and other executives to discuss ways to stop the spread of bird flu in Ukraine, presidential press office reported.

This issue is becoming increasingly important because the disease might start spreading again this spring, he remarked. The President said all interested ministries, government agencies, medical and scientific institutions should coordinate their efforts to resolve the problem.

“This problem is not the problem of one ministry or one agency. It affects many branches,” he opined.

Yushchenko said it was important to establish a National Coordination Agency to formulate specific goals and tasks to effectively settle the issue. Migrating birds will make us face the problem every year, so he thinks it is vital to formulate a range of permanent measures. Health of the nation is our problem number one, he said, and so we should “build immunity around Ukraine.”

The Head of State also said it was incumbent on government to objectively inform society of all measures adopted to resolve the crisis in order to reduce panic and prevent political speculations.

Then he said we should accelerate bird flu research.

“I would like to see Ukrainian scientists contribute to the solution ofthis problem,” he said. “We should clearly formulate a system of our steps and decide what we need to do for medical research, laboratories, pharmacists.”

The President also said we should cooperate with the international communityand apply their experience.

“Today, the problem makes the world unite and consolidate,” he asserted and added that it was really important to establish a dialogue with Russia to formulate a specific action plan.

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News / 8 February 2006 | 15:22

Court postponed the hearing of Gongadze case…again

Court postponed the hearing of Gongadze case…again

Today Appeal Court of Kyiv, which hears “Gongadze case”, granted a petition of the accused Oleksandr Popovich, who asked to postpone legal investigation, referring to his bad state of health.

Andriy Fedur, lawyer of Gongadze’s mother, Lesya Gongadze, commented on the submitted petition, having noted that he has an impression that the accused wittingly try to delay the trial.

“It seems serious epidemic of diseases has started, the accused will do everything possible to delay legal proceedings,” said Fedur.

The hearing was postponed to February 16. Chief judge Iryna Grygorieva noted that, in her belief, there should be enough time for examination and treatment with follow-up presentation of health certificate.

Mother of the journalist Georgy Gongadze, Lesya Gongadze, declared she will not attend legal proceedings till the court interrogates the accused and all witnesses.

“I will be able to come only after the interrogation of those poor people (she pointed to the accused – ed.) and witnesses is finished,” said Gongadze speaking in the Appeal Court of Kyiv, where she was called from Lviv.

Once again she noted that she is against this trial. According to her words, to recognize court’s justice she needs results of the last DNA expertise, as the previous four expertises of the body’s remains stated that they do not belong to Gongadze.

She added that she will recognize the accused as murderers only when they show her where the head of her son is.

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The Cabinet of Ukraine sets the limit for gas price

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News / 8 February 2006 | 14:43

The Cabinet of Ukraine sets the limit for gas price

The Cabinet of Ukraine sets the limit for gas price

The Cabinet of Ukraine sets the limit on gas It will be $110 per 1,000 cubic metres for all categories of the consumers, the Economy Minister Yatsenyuk told on Wednesday.
 
“We set the limit ($110) for the next five years,” said the Minister. The Minister mentioned that the limit for some categories of consumers will be settled by the National Commission regulating the energy sphere, but anyway this price must not exceed the state limit.

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