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Yushchenko comments on personnel shift

Posted by the Editor on December 14, 2006


News / 14 December 2006 | 17:51

Yushchenko comments on personnel shift

Yushchenko comments on personnel shift

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko treats positively the idea of Yury Lutsenko’s appointment to the post of the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine. He told the Ukrainian internet editions in an online interview.

“Bu it is a matter of Parliament,” the President noted.

Yushchenko is sad by Nestor Shufrych’s appointment to the post of the Emergency Minister.

“Frankly speaking, I am disappointed with such appointment,” the President said.

He considers the Prime Minister and the anti-crisis coalition responsible for this. “This question is in their competence,” Yushchenko said.

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Moroz wants to meet Yushchenko and Yanukovych more often

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News / 14 December 2006 | 17:25

Moroz wants to meet Yushchenko and Yanukovych more often

Moroz wants to meet Yushchenko and Yanukovych more often

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz considers President Victor Yushchenko should hold weekly meetings with the Prime Minister and the Speaker concerning urgent issues. Moroz told journalists Thursday.

“I am sure meetings of the President with the PM and the speaker must be regular, at least once a week,” he said.

According to Moroz, heads of three branches of the power should discuss at such meeting urgent issues of the political life, but not solve politics, source of which is well-known to all politicians.

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Draft bill on parliamentary opposition will be considered today

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News / 14 December 2006 | 16:51

Draft bill on parliamentary opposition will be considered today

Draft bill on parliamentary opposition will be considered today

Agenda of the Verkhovna Rada includes considerations of a draft bill “On Parliamentary Opposition’, worked out by representatives of four parliamentary factions. Chances of adoption of the document are high as never before.

The draft covers wide personnel and budget authorities of opposition. The draft bill is also aimed at assertion of interests only of united opposition, i.e. BYuT.

The experts noted this document is particularly for Yulia Tymoshenko, who will get an opportunity to head the shadow Cabinet. The parliamentary majority in its turn will get necessary votes from BYuT to overcome the President’s budget veto.

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Ukraine’s President sums up results of the year 2006

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News / 14 December 2006 | 15:33

Ukraine's President sums up results of the year 2006

Ukraine’s President sums up results of the year 2006

Victor Yushchenko told foreign journalists in Kyiv the establishment of a new political tradition is the major result of the year 2006, president’s press office reported.

The President said there were three components of this result: the rise of real democracy, the initiation of a nationwide political dialogue and the irreversibility of the country’s foreign priorities.

He believes democracy, which Ukraine sought to achieve for many years, helped conduct the first democratic election, form the parliamentary majority and coalition, and observe human rights and freedoms.

“It helped considerably stabilize the political situation in the country. We have no reasons for splits or conflicts now,” he said.

This democratic stability also reinforced economic reforms and attracted investments (UAH 3.5 bln in the past ten months). The national economy is being legalized and the consumer market growing rapidly. Ukraine boasts high macroeconomic achievements. This year’s GDP rate is exacted to be 7%.

Ukraine started a political dialogue in 2006. 

“These steps have one logic: a common goal is what can unite political forces,” he said.

The President described the National Unity Pact as a good example of a public discussion involving political forces, adding that it had laid the foundation for the actualization of Ukraine’s domestic and foreign agenda. 

He admitted there are some problems as far as the observance of the political agreement is concerned and said Ukraine’s society expected actions from those who signed the Pact.

“These conclusions greatly depend on constructive work of the parliamentary majority and government,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko thanked members of parliament for supporting his anti-corruption and judicial reforms.

“Very soon, we will receive new laws to implement judicial reform and fight corruption, which will formalize this direction,” he said.

The President commended Ukrainians for managing to prevent confrontation but admitted the situation is still quite tense. 

“Constitutional reform must be continued. This is my key demand. And I will implement it using all available tools,” he promised.

Speaking about the irreversibility of Ukraine’s foreign priorities, Mr. Yushchenko confirmed that Ukraine was determined to join the European Union and NATO.

“I would like to repeat: All responsible and sensible political forces in Ukraine know that Kyiv’s foreign course is irreversible. We explained this signal to our major international partners,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko thinks there is some misunderstanding as far the strategy is concerned. He opined the politicization of the issue would not benefit Ukraine.

“I want Ukraine to have one voice,” he said.

The President suggested continuing integration efforts and ending tensions by holding roundtables and discussions.

He said the establishment of pragmatic relations with the EU, the development of the dialogue with Russia and improvements in Ukraine’s relations with the Unites States were among the country’s major international achievements.

He welcomed the adoption of WTO bills and said Ukraine would start a free trade agreement talks with the European Union as soon as it became a WTO member.

“Ukraine has always been a responsible and reliable partner. The President who is authorized by the Constitution to implement foreign policy confirms Ukraine’s aspiration to play an active role in international processes. We see our goals and know how to achieve them,” he said.   

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Yushchenko will become a biker

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News / 14 December 2006 | 15:15

Yushchenko will become a biker

Yushchenko will become a biker

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko said today at the press conference that he dreamt to get a bike at New Year, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“When I was a child my farther used to have a bike. It inculcated in me love to speed and mechanics,” Yushchenko said.

“When will I have a bike?” he always asked his relatives before the New Year and Christmas holidays.

The Head of the Government noted that some weeks ago his wife presented him a bike, that’s why he feels happy now.

Moreover, the President congratulated journalists on coming New Year and wished Ukraine has objective well-informed society.

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Yushchenko: Political reform may be cancelled

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News / 14 December 2006 | 14:41

Political reform may be cancelled

Yushchenko: Political reform may be cancelled

Political reform in Ukraine may be cancelled, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko told Thursday at a press conference for the press.

According to Yushchenko, “there is no need to palter, but we should admit that the latest changes to the Constitution were non-constructive.” “These changes haven’t brought clearness Ukrainian society hoped for,” he noted.

The President underlined that “it resulted in the war of decrees, war of resolution and mess in personnel appointments.”  “It is abnormal,” he added.

“A constructive way is to admit and initiate in public improvement of the political reform. If we fail I’ll have to comment on another way out – cancellation of the results of the political reform,” he said.

The President underlined that “it is necessary to work out a model of introduction of changes, according to which every political force and representatives of different branches of the power can take part in this process.”

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Yushchenko puts an end to Ukraine’s accession into the WTO

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News / 14 December 2006 | 14:02

Yushchenko puts an end to Ukraine's accession into the WTO

Yushchenko puts an end to Ukraine’s accession into the WTO

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko promised at today’s press conference to sign the last bill on Ukraine’s accession into the WTO, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, within some days, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

Yushchenko noted that it will put an end to work on accession into the World Trade Organization, then only procedure questions concerning free trade zone remain to be solved.

The Head of the State stressed that Ukraine’s objective is membership in the EU.

Yushchenko also noted that he had done everything possible and necessary for adoption of the WTO bills.

He welcomes that the Parliament has passed 22 WTO, 16 of which were submitted by the President.

The Head of the Government underlined that Ukraine’s accession into the WTO is obligatory condition to join the EU.

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Ukraine welcomes the EU’s decision

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News / 14 December 2006 | 13:10

Ukraine welcomes the EU's decision

Ukraine welcomes the EU’s decision

Ukraine welcomes decision of the EU’s Council of Transport Ministers to open negotiations on development of common aviation area and signing a new agreement with Ukraine.

“We hope that this document will cover a wide range of further cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union, from using new security standards in air transportations up to rights protection of air passengers and economic regulation,” the statement of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine says.

The Foreign Ministry considers this agreement will assist in the further development of air industry of Ukraine and its tourist potential.

“This agreement, like a recent signed agreement on simplification of visa regime, will tell on prosperity of the Ukrainian citizens: increase of lights between Ukraine and the EU, and decrease of flight cost,” the statement of the Foreign Ministry says.

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