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Ukraine’s State Progam Concept for family support and protection

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News / 12 May 2006 | 18:08

Ukraine's State Progam Concept for family support and protection

Ukraine’s State Progam Concept for family support and protection

The government of Ukraine approved of the State Program Concept of Family Support for 2006-2010, sport, Youth and Sport Minister Yri Pavlenko told at the XXII International Congress “The Family – Community of Love.”

The target of the Program is to implant the fundamental value of family inside the public mentality, Pavlenko stressed.

The Program provides for the formation of the system for preparation of the young families to future paternity and maternity, prevention of violence in families and legal basis for effective development and social functioning.

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Ukraine and Poland Presidents preside over bilateral talks

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News / 12 May 2006 | 17:50

Ukraine and Poland Presidents preside over bilateral talks

Ukraine and Poland Presidents preside over bilateral talks

In Warsaw, Victor Yushchenko and Lech Kaczynski have presided over Ukrainian-Polish talks.

Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Economy Minister, Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov, Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, Health Minister Yuriy Polyachenko, Agriculture Minister Oleksandr Baranivsky, Lviv Governor Petro Oliynyk, MP Yuriy Kostenko, and MP Oleksiy Ivchenko represented Ukraine, the president press office informs.

They discussed regional, international and bilateral issues but particularly concentrated on energy cooperation. The sides agreed to continue building the Odesa-Brody-Gdansk oil pipeline.

“We are convinced this project is profitable and unique,” Yushchenko said, adding that it “will help many countries get access to alternative oil markets not losing their old sources.”

The Chief of State said “the project, however, lacks official recognition and has no relevant intergovernmental support.”He said the governments of Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan should officially support it “despite its commercial nature.”

They agreed to hold a conference on energy security this autumn. Ukraine is going to present several energy projects and involve international community in discussing their expedience.

Energy issues will also beaddressed at a GUAM summit in Kyiv this May. The President said its participants were expected to discuss ways to deliver oil to the Far East and the European Union and help energy infrastructures of the GUAM countries integrate with Europe’s energy network. They will also consider mechanisms of settling conflicts and launching regional projects of continental significance.

“We both believe we can fill the national market with oil products through cooperation and dialogue,” he said.

Ukraine and Poland also agreed to accelerate military and defense cooperation.

“I am happy to say today’s talks had a great deal ofmeaningful and cooperative opinions,”  Yushchenko said when asked to sum up the talks. He then added that “Ukraine and Poland demonstrate their determination to develop energy partnership.”

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Ukrainian delegation visited Afghanistan

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News / 12 May 2006 | 17:30

Ukrainian delegation visited Afghanistan

Ukrainian delegation visited Afghanistan

May 10,Ukrainian delegation headed by the First Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy Yuri Prodan paid the working visit to Afghanistan, the Fuel and Energy Ministry press office informed.

Ukrainian delegation held meetings with the Afghan Minister of Water and Energy Ismail Khan, Minister for Natural Resources Adele and the directorate of the Chamber of Commerce attached to the Afghan Ministry of Commerce.

In the course of the meetings, the parties negotiated over the issues related to the cooperation within the oil, gas and energy spheres, construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan gas pipeline including Ukraine’s participation in it, the development trends of Ukrainian fuel and energy complex and reconstruction of hydroelectric power stations and electric mains in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan agreed to provide Ukraine with in-depth information concerning the terms for Ukrainian companies to participate in the exploration of the oil and gas fields in Afghanistan.

As a result of the visit, the parties reached the agreement on continuation of Ukraine-Afghanistan Energy Dialogue within the framework of the business-forum scheduled on the second half of 2006, during the visit of the President Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in Ukraine.

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Ukraine asks Austria’s assistance in “seamless pipe” issue

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News / 12 May 2006 | 17:11

Ukraine asks Austria’s assistance in “seamless pipe” issue

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has requested Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel to promote the settlement of the problem with Ukrainian seamless pipe export to the European Union, Iryna Herashchenko the President’s Press Secretary told.

According to her words, President Yushchenko pointed out the fact that Ukraine’s market economy status has been recognized by the EU and such restrictions “do not quite correspond with it.”

The President of Ukraine believes that Austria presiding over the EU will properly take into consideration Ukraine’s arguments and foster unbiased and objective decision by the European Commission on this issue.

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President Victor Yushchenko wants ‘detailed’ coalition agreement

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News / 12 May 2006 | 16:40

President Victor Yushchenko wants 'detailed' coalition agreement

President Victor Yushchenko wants ‘detailed’ coalition agreement

In Warsaw, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has stated that Ukraine needed a detailed agreement to form a stable and efficient parliamentary coalition.

“First and foremost, I would like to say that Ukraine needs a stable government to ensure stability in the next five years, which will be really important to determine Ukraine’s domestic and foreign course. Thus we must have a stable majority in the Verkhovna Rada,” he said.

The Head of State is convinced that this agreement should formalize and clarify all problematic issues that might impede performance of the future majority or even cause its collapse. He added that our parliamentarians might find the Polish experience useful.

Yushchenko said the orange forces “have been concentrating on the text of the political agreement for the past few weeks.”

“This document is not easy. It is not easy to compromise. But it must be done to succeed,” he said. “I wish this political coalition stability and endurance. As President, I promise to spare no effort to profoundly formalize these relations.”

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The President of Ukraine welcomed by Poland’s President

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News / 12 May 2006 | 16:04

The President of Ukraine welcomed by Poland's President

The President of Ukraine welcomed by Poland’s President

In Warsaw, Polish President Lech Kaczynski has officially welcomed Victor Yushchenko and his wife. They listened to the national anthems and inspected theguard of honor. Then its soldiers ceremonially marched before the Heads of State and their spouses.

 
President VictorYushchenko and Mr. Kaczynskiare expected to talk after the ceremony, the president press office informed.

Victor Yushchenko has laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw’s Jozef Pilsudksi Square. Then he signed the Book of Memory. Poland’s military orchestra performed the two national anthems.

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NSDCU to hold session on the state language policy

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News / 12 May 2006 | 15:14

NSDCU to hold session on the state language policy

NSDCU to hold session on the state language policy

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has commissioned NSDCU Secretary Anatoly Kinakh to prepare the enlarge session for discussion over the pressing issues of the state language policy realisation as the important component of the national security, Iryna Herashchenko, President Press Secretary said Friday at the briefing.

The target of the meeting is to consider the situation with the regional status of the Russian language in Luhansk, Kharkiv and Sevastopol Regional Councils.

“The President deeply concerns over these parades of the sovereignties and regards these acts as mostly practicing on local authorities,” said Herashchenko.

She also has informed that the President sent corresponding letters for some of the state officials, particularly to Prosecutor General Medvedko. President Yushchenko urges him to take proper account of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry resolution on this matter and to assume the corresponding measures. The letters to PM Yekhanurov and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk are related to the same matter.

As a reminder, Ukraine’s Justice Ministry recognized that the resolutions of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Sevastopol Regional Councils violated the Constitution of Ukraine.

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Yushchenko: Discussion about portfolios will bury the coalition

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News / 12 May 2006 | 14:51

Discussion about portfolios will bury the coalition

Yushchenko: Discussion about portfolios will bury the coalition

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko points to that 35% of Ukrainians would like to see Victor Yanukovich on the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, and 31.6% support candidature of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Yushchenko noted that this was the data from the latest public polls. He also underscored that 47% of respondents back a coalition consisting of Our Ukraine bloc, BYuT and Socialist Party. Hence, President stated, “orange coalition is the best variant, as the people are waiting for this union.”

In response to the question whether the President would agree to premiership of Tymoshenko, Yushchenko said he did not rule out that. “But for today, the most important task for the orange forces is to find a formula of stability of the coalition,” said the President.

Yushchenko added that he forbade negotiating on distribution of positions. He explained that without determination of principles and goals of the coalition “the discussion about portfolios would bury once and for all the orange coalition.”

Among the priorities, which must be defined before coalition formation, the President named settlement of privatization issue, determination of the state position concerning UPA veterans, status of the Russian language, Eurointegration.

In response to the question whether it is possible to form “not-orange” coalition, but a coalition between OU and Party of Regions, Yushchenko excluded such possibility for the moment. “But a situational cooperation is possible, for example, concerning the issue of the state budget,” declared the President in an interview to Gazeta Wyborcza.

At the same time the Head of State points out that the orange coalition will have only 243 mandates in the Parliament, that is only 17 seats more than the opposition has. “Taking into account the present situation in Ukraine, it is very weak advantage,” stated Yushchenko.

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