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Ukrainian sociologists united for exit-poll

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 16:00

Ukrainian sociologists united for exit-poll

Ukrainian sociologists united for exit-poll

The parliamentary elections day the Fund “Democratic initiatives”, Kyiv international institute of sociology and Razumkov’s center of economic and political researches will conduct exit poll, as declared Ilko Kucheriv, director of the fund “Democratic initiatives.”

According to him, 18 thousand voters on 300 polling stations will be inquired. The results will be published after the end of the vote.

Besides, Kucheriv noted that this exit poll will be conducted with the assistant of foreign organizations, and will cost 180 thousand USD.

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The Party of Regions pledged to protect domestic producers from the WTO membership consequences

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 15:44

The Party of Regions pledged to protect domestic producers from the WTO membership consequences

The Party of Regions pledged to protect domestic producers from the WTO membership consequences

The Party of Regions is not engaged in negotiations concerning the parliamentary coalition after the election, Victor Yanukovich told today taking the floor in Aviant Kyiv Aviation Plant.

“During the election campaign we have seen who is who. The decision on coalition will be passed only by the Political Council of the party. The Political Party will decide whom to negotiate with,” noted Victor Yanukovich.

Responding to the journalists’ questions, Yanukovich stressed there are no legal reasons to remove PR out of regional election rush. If it happens, Maydan will be repeated, Yanukovich stated.

The leader of the Party of Regions revealed at the press conference that the Ukrainian producers’ protection plan relating the WTO accession will be worked out right after the election. The WTO accession will be possible only after this plan, he added.

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Ukraine urges Belarus not to use force against protesters in Minsk

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 14:14

Ukraine urges Belarus not to use force against protesters in Minsk

Ukraine urges Belarus not to use force against protesters in Minsk

Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasily Filipchuk read a statement that urged Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenk˘ to open talks with the opposition and take steps toward democracy, eitb 24 reported.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday urged Belarus not to use force against protesters gathered in central Minsk in what the Belarusian opposition hopes will be a replay of the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

“We call on Belarusian authorities to safeguard its people’s right to a peaceful gathering … to be tolerant and avoid any forceful actions against its citizens,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasily Filipchuk told reporters.

He read a Foreign Ministry statement that urged Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenka to open talks with the opposition and take steps toward democracy.

Filipchuk added that Ukraine shares international concerns that Sunday’s presidential vote, which official results say Lukashenka won by a landslide, was neither free nor fair, but Kiev doesn’t support isolating its neighbour.

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Lutsenko to strengthen law enforcement bodies on election day

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News / 21 March 2006 | 13:45

Lutsenko to strengthen law enforcement bodies on election day

Lutsenko to strengthen law enforcement bodies on election day

Minister of Internal Affairs Yuri Lutsenko pledged not to weaken law enforcement bodies’ effort to combat crime during elections, NRCU reported.
As Lutsenko told journalists in Kyiv, on March 26 police patrols will be beefed up at polling stations.
Police officers will be very attentive to prevent any illegal political promotional activities on the election day, attempts to “buy” voters, other likely irregularities.
 
“I know about plans of certain political forces to stage street actions on Monday, March 27,” he noted. “Though this is the Ukrainian people’s constitution right, we will watch such public actions not to violate order and the Law,” Lutsenko stressed.

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Serbia and Montenegro Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 13:28

Serbia and Montenegro Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Ukraine

Serbia and Montenegro Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Ukraine

March 21-22, Vuk Draskovic Foreign Minister of Serbia and Montenegro is to pay official visit to Ukraine, the Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry press office informed.

Mr. Draskovic is to meet President of Ukraine Yushchenko and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk.

The great attention is scheduled to be paid to the bilateral cooperation within the political, economical and humanitarian spheres, international matters and the issues relating to the safety and stability of the South-Eastern Europe.

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Ukraine is against isolation of Belarus

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 13:08

Ukraine is against isolation of Belarus

Ukraine is against isolation of Belarus

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers Belarus isolation policy ineffective, as declared Vasyl Filipchukl, head of MFA press office.

According to him, “this country is close and not indifferent for us, and in dialogue with our Western partners we always underline inefficiency of isolation policy.”

Filipchuk noted that the USA and the EU should conduct a dialogue with Belarus, which will make this country open to the world. “There is no doubt that Belarus authorities should take the corresponding steps,” said he.

According to Filipchuk, in a dialogue with Belarus partners Ukraine tries to be open and flexible to the maximum.

Filipchuk also reminded that Ukraine had subscribed to documents and statements of the EU and UNO as regards Belarus concerning democracy and human rights issues.

Filipchuk noted that Ukraine is in constant dialogue with the USA and the EU about general situation in the region and about the situation in Belarus in particular.

At the same time he pointed out that Ukraine’s position as regards Belarus is not completely the same as the one of the European Union.

United Sates do not recognize results of the presidential elections in Belarus and express solidarity with opposition, which insists on conduct of new elections.

OSCE observers declare that the Belarusian presidential election on 19 March failed to meet OSCE commitments for democratic elections, despite the fact that voters were offered the potential for a genuine choice between four candidates.

Arbitrary use of state power and widespread detentions showed a disregard for the basic rights of freedom of assembly, association and expression, and raise doubts regarding the authorities’ willingness to tolerate political competition, concludes the OSCE Election Observation Mission in a statement issued today.

Over 500 international observers from 38 countries observed the voting and counting on behalf of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, PA.

“The Belarusian people deserve better. The courageous efforts of the opposition candidates to offer voters a genuine choice for president were obstructed by actions by state authorities,” said OSCE PA president Alcee Hastings, appointed by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office as the Special Co-ordinator for the short-term observers.

“Elections do not democracy make. They are, however, the lynchpin of the democratic process. Democracy itself is a never-ending evolutionary process and, as signatories to the Helsinki Final Act, it is our responsibility to encourage each of the 55 member states to make steady progress toward achieving and perfecting it.”

Ambassador Geert-Hinrich Ahrens, Head of the Long-term Observation Mission deployed by the OSCE/ODIHR, added: “I would have liked nothing more than to be able to make a positive statement about the election we just observed. Unfortunately, there were too many serious violations of international election standards.

“It was deeply saddening to witness the deterioration that occurred towards the end of the election campaign. A positive assessment of this election was impossible. I most vividly regret this, but the OSCE commitments agreed to by all participating States have to be our guideline.”

A statement by the security services, accusing the opposition and civil society of planning to seize power and associating them with terrorism, contributed significantly to a climate of intimidation and insecurity. This was further exacerbated by harassment and detention of political and civil society activists.

Opposition candidates faced difficulties in conveying their messages to the public, while the coverage of the President was extensive and favourable. State employees and students were under pressure not to participate in the campaign of the opposition candidates and to vote for the incumbent president.

On the positive side, the candidates were allotted two hours of radio and television time, free of charge, albeit partially censored. Election day was calm and orderly, but in many cases polling station commissions withheld basic information on polling from observers.

The vote count proved highly problematic, with observers assessing it negatively in a large number of counts witnessed. In a number of instances, the results were completed in pencil, and the majority of observers were prevented from standing close enough to see the marks on the ballot.

Over 30 per cent of voters cast their ballot during five days of early voting. Lack of security provisions for the ballot box increased the possibility of fraud. The mission also received a number of reports that managers and directors pressured staff to vote early.

Regrettably, eight ODIHR observers and 19 OSCE parliamentarians were either denied entry or visas andthereby prevented from participating in this mission.

In its turn the European Union considers about extension of sanctions against Belarus authorities.

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Nikolay Azarov: Ukrainians do not want NATO

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 12:58

Ukrainians do not want NATO

Nikolay Azarov: Ukrainians do not want NATO

Ukraine will not be NATO member, the Chairman of the Party of Regions Political Council Nikolay Azarov told Tuesday at the press conference.

“I travelled over South-East and met ten thousands of people. They asked to prevent falsifications of the election committed by the oranges,” said Azarov.

He stressed that the people addressed him with words: “We utterly back you – no NATO!”

As a reminder, the Party of Regions stands against NATO accession.

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Bilingual Ukraine has no future

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2006


News / 21 March 2006 | 11:40

Bilingual Ukraine has no future

Bilingual Ukraine has no future

Vyacheslav Kyrylenko Vice PM of Ukraine underlines that bilingual system in Ukraine has no prospects.

Speaking about the status of the second state language for the Russian language on the press conference in Ivano-Frankovsk he stated that “it is unpromising issue. State language of Ukraine is and will be Ukrainian. All other issues of defense of national minority’s languages are regulated by the Ukrainian Constitution.”

According to Kyrylenko, “it isn’t worth to provoke referendums on separate territories, which are under jurisdiction of the independent state Ukraine, as it undermines the basis of national security of Ukraine.” According to his opinion, the state must react in accordance with the legislation in force.

“State organization of the Ukrainian language is a principle question for us. State organization of the Ukrainian language is a term of further humanitarian development of Ukrainian nation. The Constitution was adopted in 1996 and nobody would change it,” noted Kyrylenko.

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