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President of Ukraine remembered Gongadze

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News / 16 September 2006 | 16:29

President of Ukraine remembered Gongadze

President of Ukraine remembered Gongadze

Georgiy Gongadze mysteriously disappeared six years ago.

Victor Yushchenko and his family remember him as a sincere and gifted young man: “Today, we remember Georgiy as a journalist whose main traits were inner freedom and care for Ukraine.”

The President offered sympathy to the journalist’s family. He said the government was taking steps to honor Georgiy, the press office informed. He also pledged to solve the crime by punishing his killers and, more importantly, revealing those who ordered the murder.The name of Georgiy has become a symbol of political changes and freedom of speech, he added.

Today, flowers from the President have been laid and a candle litat the memorial sign to Georgiy in Tarashcha.

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Petro Poroshenko gives an advice to the VR MPs

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News / 16 September 2006 | 11:31

Petro Poroshenko gives an advice to the VR MPs

Petro Poroshenko gives an advice to the VR MPs

A Chairman of the VR Budget Committee, Petro Poroshenko stated his anxiety over the international experts’ prognosis witnessing about deterioration of the macro economic indexes of Ukraine.

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Crimean authorities to address the WTO issue

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2006


News / 16 September 2006 | 11:02

Crimean authorities to address the WTO issue

Crimean authorities to address the WTO issue

On September 19, Simferopol will host public hearings on issues related to Ukraine’s accession to the WTO. Crimean Ministers’ Council press office informs.

The hearings are aimed at introducing proposals into the Action Plan for adaptation of Ukraine to the WTO. Verkhovna Rada MPs, Crimean people’s deputies, Ministers’ Council officials are invited to take part in it.

Public organizations, representatives of Crimean cities and districts, scientists, politicians and academicians will address the issue.

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President of Ukraine want bridging closer relations with NATO

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News / 16 September 2006 | 10:46

President of Ukraine want bridging closer relations with NATO

President of Ukraine want bridging closer relations with NATO

Victor Yushchenko has told reporters those who claim Ukraine is not ready to join NATO are wrong and their statements inconsistent with national interests.

The President said he had harshly criticized Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych for his erroneous speech at yesterday’s meeting in Brussels.

“I clearly understand that his tone had been formed on the basis of political positions within the coalition and the Regions Party faction. I admitthat some politicians in this party, perhaps, have a different vision of defense and security policies of the nation,” he said, adding that Ukraine had long ago passed a law stipulating its EU and NATO accession. “Thus I would like to say again that this is the basis for pushing our foreign policies forward in this issue.”

The Head of State urged the government and political forces involved in the formulation of Ukraine’s foreign doctrine to adheretothe country’slaws. He also reiterated that our Euro-Atlantic aspirations formed the basics of the National Unity Pact.

“I accepted the prime minister’s explanationthat his position and the position of his political force was firm as far as the implementation of the fundamentals of the Law on national security and Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO, including full membership,” he said. “I am deeply convinced his arguments […] are faulty and inconsistent with national interests, and should be revised.”

Victor Yushchenko characterized Viktor Yanukovych’s statement on EU membership as “quite consistent.” He said Ukraine was now developing an enhanced agreement with the European Union.

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President of Ukraine criticised the new Cabinet

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2006


News / 16 September 2006 | 10:01

President of Ukraine criticised the new Cabinet

President of Ukraine criticised the new Cabinet

In a five-hour conversation with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, Victor Yushchenko has voiced his concern over several steps taken by the new government and said the Cabinet must observe the National Unity Pact in its work.

“I invited the prime minister to give him my first political warning about some things certain government executives do, violating the [National Unity] Pact and stabilization agreements. Our meeting resulted in a joint plan of correcting such tendencies,” he told reporters at a mass media briefing on Friday.

He is convinced the National Unity Pact “gave all the political forces keys to implement these major political, economic and humanitarian tasks.” As President of Ukraine, he will thereby spare no effort to make sure that the key principles of this document – among them the unitary form of government, language policy and Euro-Atlantic integration – are secured not only as “common political agreements reached at the phase of finding political compromises and resolving the parliamentary crisis but also used as an action plan by the new Ukrainian government.”

President Yushchenko and PM Yanukovych spoke about some dangerous social and economic tendencies, nontransparent and often inexpedient dismissals and appointments, delays in the formation of a broad parliamentary coalition, violations of the rights of the opposition and attempts to revise Ukraine’s foreign policy, the president press office informed.

“Disregarding the law, the plan to raise the minimum wage on December 1, 2006, has been put off although the country has enough resources this year. This is a dubious and unnecessary revision of budget policy,” he said, adding that VAT reimbursement and tax pressure considerably complicated the dialogue between the government and businessmen.

“The 2007 draft budget has no signs of tax reduction whatsoever,” he said, claiming such a move could have helped legalize the economy.

The President also censured the Tax Administration for being apparently unfair in VAT reimbursement and said he had authorized Prosecutor General Medvedko to study the situation within ten days and “develop a mechanism of monitoringwhich would make it impossible to carry out such policies in the future.”

Victor Yushchenko also insisted that the formation of a parliamentary coalition should be faster.

“The healthy part of Ukraine’s political forces mustunderstand one thing: given the constitutional changes, which were passed hastily, political forces and government should take responsibility for many economic, humanitarian, and social issues,” he said. “I urge all those who take part in the formation of positions of this or that parliamentary faction to accelerate this process.”

The President and the premier also spoke about the inexpedience of putting pressure on deputies. Yushchenko said the revival of the practice of forcing parliamentarians to join the majority perverted the March 26 poll results.

“I would like to wish the deputies to be responsible for their voters and positions they defended during the campaign and to face all attacks bravely […],” he said. “I clearly demand that the rights of the opposition should be protected and observed so that they can control the government…”

He characterized the prime minister’s attempt to revise Ukraine’s foreign policy as unacceptable and reiterated that the country’s course to join the European Union and NATO would not change.

Victor Yushchenko also said it was vital to pass bills based on the principles of the National Unity Pact and his anti-corruption laws.

The President is soon going to convene the National Security and Defense Council to discuss all these issues.

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