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Ukraine’s communist leader wants Pavlenko and Polyachenko to be dismissed

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News / 1 November 2006 | 17:29

Ukraine's communist leader wants Pavlenko and Polyachenko to be dismissed

Ukraine’s communist leader wants Pavlenko and Polyachenko to be dismissed

The CPU is able to substitute current Ministers of Health and Family, Youth and sport with its own co-partisans, Petro Symonenko announced Wednesday in a briefing.

According to the rules, every candidacy nominated by the Anti-crisis Coalition members must be considered by the Coalition’s Coordination Council and submitted to the PM, Symonenko added.

Petro Symonenko stressed that his party will keep insisting on resignations of these OU ministers.

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Ukraine’s President: RF BSF will not stay in Crimea after 2017

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News / 1 November 2006 | 17:10

RF BSF will not stay in Crimea after 2017

Ukraine’s President: RF BSF will not stay in Crimea after 2017

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko states impossibility of stationing of Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Ukraine after 2017.

“Constitution of Ukraine does not provide for quartering of foreign military bases on the territory of Ukraine,” the President told journalists at the press conference in Kharkiv.

At the same time he underlined that Ukraine undertook obligation concerning stationing of RF BSF till 2017 and it must meet its obligations in full measure.

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Ukraine’s President slams cabinet for gas deal

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News / 1 November 2006 | 16:50

Ukraine's President slams cabinet for gas deal

Ukraine’s President slams cabinet for gas deal

Victor Yushchenko has told reporters in Kharkiv his secretariat will analyze all the nuances of last week’s gas deal between Ukraine and Russia so that members of the National Security and Defense Council can formulate a “more intelligible position” on the issue, president’s press office reported.

The President insisted that Ukrainians be informed of what happens in the gas market and know how the government sets gas prices. He criticized the gas agreement, declaring that “Ukraine failed to keep the price it gained in 2006.”

“The statements and promises proved to be more eloquent than abilities, skills and professionalism to keep these promises,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko is upset that the original five-year price of USD 95 per 1,000 cubic meters had been changed, describing it as a “symptom of unpredictable policies.” He said he was also worried about the non-transparent price formula, which makes it difficult to forecast future prices.

“If the current price is relative, then I think this is the greatest fiasco of the talks,” he said.

Another failure, he added, is that the price was raised but the transportation tariffs did not. 

“Since the mid-90s the prices of gas and transportation have been paired categories. Unfortunately, now the gas price grows with the lowest tariffs in the European market,” he said.

The status of gas talks is no longer intergovernmental but corporate, he added. 

“However, we all understand that gas and oil are political tools,” he said.

Speaking about the current tendencies in the energy market, Mr. Yushchenko stated: “The nation and the country must clearly understand that gas is a limited resource whose price will naturally grow.”

He urged Ukrainians to objectively estimate failures and achievements of the government in this area, substantiating their opinion and trying not to change it.

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The Cabinet approved five WTO-related draft bills

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News / 1 November 2006 | 16:18

The Cabinet approved five WTO-related draft bills

The Cabinet approved five WTO-related draft bills

The Cabinet considered and approved five draft bills related to Ukraine’s accession to the WTO, Economy Minister Makukha told. These drafts are following: On Iron-and-Steel Crap Export Duty; On Non-Ferrous Scrap Export Duty; On Cane-Sugar Raw Tariff Quota; On State Regulation of Sugar Production; a draft bill related to the pesticides.

Today the VR Committee on Economic Policy approved in full the package of the legal initiatives made by President Yushchenko. The initiatives are aimed at bringing the current legislation into line with the WTO requirements, Iryna Vannykova, President’s Press Secretary reports.

The President’s package consists of 16 bills. It has been submitted for the VR Committee’s consideration on October 19.

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Ukraine’s President speaks of free economic zones

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News / 1 November 2006 | 15:58

Ukraine's President speaks of free economic zones

Ukraine’s President speaks of free economic zones

Victor Yushchenko told reporters in Kharkiv the government must consider their previous mistakes when re-opening so-called free economic zones, press office reported.

“My position is as follows: I want ideas on the renewal of free economic zones, which can be heard in the parliament, to be based on our lessons. This issue will be topical soon. In two weeks, MPs will be editing the budget and I will be thinking whether to sign it or not. If these lessons are considered than I will be a partner of such policy,” he said.

The President said the free economic zones “were too often created to benefit particular people.”

“The free economic zones we had amounted to 4% of the investment rate in Ukraine. However, there were no investments. Rules and procedures in those zones must have been non-transparent. Those zones could have used murky schemes,” he said. 

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Ukraine’s Yushchenko declares he will not oppose the Cabinet

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News / 1 November 2006 | 15:29

Ukraine's Yushchenko declares he will not oppose the Cabinet

Ukraine’s Yushchenko declares he will not oppose the Cabinet

Victor Yushchenko told reporters in Kharkiv he will not oppose the government despite today’s dismissals of two ministers representing the Our Ukraine Bloc, president’s press offi.

“The President will not be in opposition to the government, for it was appointed by parliament and is thereby legitimate. Our relations with the government will be based on constitutional norms and positions,” he said.

He said, however, the dismissals of Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy and Justice Minister Roman Zvarych would complicate the political dialogue between Ukraine’s major parties.

“The dismissals of the ministers representing the Our Ukraine Bloc add no compromises or new ground to negotiations. I think this decision complicates the dialogue between the parties no matter what new people will come,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko opined that “the political forces will thus lose their team spirit,” reiterating that political unity was of “paramount importance.” 

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Ukraine’s President vows to support culture in 2007

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News / 1 November 2006 | 15:15

Ukraine's President vows to support culture in 2007

Ukraine’s President vows to support culture in 2007

Victor Yushchenko told reporters in Kharkiv he will ensure that funds are provided for programs aimed at developing Ukraine’s culture and language in 2007, president’s press office reported.

“The budget part on culture will not suffer in 2007,” he promised.

The President added that the government had been funding about two hundred cultural programs, mainly regional projects, for the past two years. He said he had also recently issued a decree to renew traditional art in Ukraine. 

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Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada appointed two new ministers

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News / 1 November 2006 | 15:07

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada appointed two new ministers

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada appointed two new ministers

Ukraine’s VR approved of candidacies of Yuryi Bohutsky and Oleksandr Lavrynovych as new Ministers of Culture and Justice correspondingly.

246 people’s deputies voted for them.

In 1989 he took active part in creation of Narodny Rukh (People’s Movement). In 1993-1994 he worked on probation in the USA. Oleksandr Lavrynovych worked as Ukraine’s Justice Ministry State Secretary in 2001-2002. In 2002 he was elected MP in the OU party list but denied a parliamentary mandate as President Kuchma appointed him a Justice Minister. He resigned in 2005 after Victor Yushchenko won the election.

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