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President calls for political compromise

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 18:00

President calls for political compromise

President calls for political compromise

The President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has told at press conference in Dnipropetrovsk that parliamentary factions must unite to protect national interests and end senseless discussions on socially unimportant matters in order to stabilize the situation in the Verkhovna Rada, President’s press office informs.

He said they faced lots of challenges like preserving Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, building a competitive and liberal economy, carrying out effective language and religious policies and improving education and healthcare.

“I am sure there will be little politicization in these areas,” he said.

The President complained that lawmakers “are discussing if parliament can elect the president when the utility crisis has not been resolved.”

“You know, I would agree to discuss this issue if everything was resolved. They will definitely lose this game but I am sad we are wasting our time on these empty and foolish talks,” he said.

Yushchenko reiterated that the best way to compromise was to hold another roundtable. He said he was ready to participate in itif other participants fulfilled their obligations.

“I am upset the leading political party, which signed the National Unity Pact, has done so little to fulfill at least one of its promises, either on the land market or on the cabinet law,” he said. “I think many Ukrainian politicians should stop being disdainful of their colleagues.”

“I am convinced that finding an understanding is our goal number one,” he said, adding that it was incumbent on the government to preserve stability in the country. “I am convinced that the majority of Ukrainian politicians, including those representing political parties in the Ukrainian parliament, do not understand their responsible mission of uniting the political elite and society.”

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“Our Ukraine” wants Yushchenko to be a head of the party

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 17:40

“Our Ukraine” wants Yushchenko to be a head of the party

“Our Ukraine” makes a positive appraisal to the statement of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko that he is ready to be a head of this political force. Yury Klyuchkovsky a member of “Our Ukraine” told today at the press conference.

Klyuchkovsky noted that for “Our Ukraine” Viktor Yushchenko is indisputable leader. According to him, all politicians in “Our Ukraine” saw and see now Yushchenko as the leader of the party.

“Formal heading of “Our Ukraine” by Viktor Yushchenko is absolutely realistic as he corresponds to points of view practically of all members of our party,” Klyuchkovsky said.

He added that members of “Our Ukraine” are glad Yushchenko made such statement in public.

At the same time, the people’s deputy did not predict whether the congress of the party makes decision on Yushchenko’s heading of the party.

“The time will show,” he said.

“We should consider everything before to make a decision. Viktor Yushchenko is the President of Ukraine first of all,” he said.

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko declared on February 20 that he is ready to be a head of “Our Ukraine” if the congress of the party wants it. The congress is scheduled on March 31.

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General Office of Public Prosecutor stopped legal proceedings on Kravchenko’s case

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 17:15

General Office of Public Prosecutor stopped legal proceedings on Kravchenko's case

General Office of Public Prosecutor stopped legal proceedings on Kravchenko’s case

On January 31, 2007 the General Office of Public Prosecutor of Ukraine dismissed a case concerning suicide of the ex-Interior Minister of Ukraine Yury Kravchenko. The General prosecutor of Ukraine Olexander Medvedko told today at the press conference in Kyiv.

According to him, all necessary investigations and correspondent examinations gave ground that there is no event of crime in case, that’s why the case should be dismissed.

As a reminder, Kravchenko was found dead by gunshot wound at his cottage house in the morning on March 4, 2005. For that morning he should appear to General Office of Public prosecutor for interrogation concerning investigation of Gongadze case.

On May 24, 2005 General Office of Public Prosecutor made a conclusion that suicide is the final reason of Kravchenko’s death.

At the time, on June 21, 2006 Medvedko informed that General Office of Public prosecutor renewed investigations on criminal case on Kravchenko’s death.

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Yushchenko insists on Ohrysko candidature for the Foreign Minister post

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 16:45

Yushchenko insists on Ohrysko candidature for the Foreign Minister post

Yushchenko insists on Ohrysko candidature for the Foreign Minister post

The President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is going to ask parliament again to approve Volodymyr Ohryzko as the Foreign Minister, his chief of staff, Viktor Baloha, said on Tuesday, President’s press office informs.

He said the President would propose Ohryzko again because he saw him as a “professional and experienced diplomat and manager” and last week’s vote to reject his choice as “another failure of the ruling coalition, the Party of Regions in particular, to fulfill its promises.”

Baloha said Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who formally leads the Party of Regions, had discussed the candidacy of Ohryzko with the President several times and had never opposed the choice.

“However, the vote to reject Volodymyr Stanislavovych has proven again that the coalition forgets its words and promises easily. The parliamentary majority continues to devalue agreements.”

Baloha said the President’s goal was to appoint an effective professional.

“The Foreign Ministry is not the place for political maneuvers. One of the country’s key offices has to have its head. It is time we stop looking ridiculous. Ukraine does not deserve this,” he quoted Victor Yushchenko as saying.

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Yushchenko and opposition will unite against “regions”?

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 16:10

Yushchenko and opposition will unite against “regions”?

The President’s representative in the VR Roman Zvarych foresees tight cooperation of the Head of the State Viktor Yushchenko with joint parliamentary opposition.

According to the press service of “Our Ukraine”, commenting on letter-answer to the letter of Kyrylenko and Tymoshenko, Zvarych said: “In his letter the President made it clear that he is ready to cooperate tightly with the parliamentary opposition. The Head of the State and the joint parliamentary opposition will be able to oppose the revenge of “regions”.

According to Zvarych, in contrast to the opposition, the Yanukovych’s Government and the parliamentary majority demonstrate their reluctance to cooperate with the President in all spheres he is responsible, in particular in foreign policy and national security.

Zvarych expressed confidence that legal grounds for dismissal of the parliament can appear in the near time. “In particular, in case the law on changes introduction in the main Law of Ukraine is admitted illegal,” he noted.

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Three nuclear power units to be built in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 15:33

Three nuclear power units to be built in Ukraine

Three nuclear power units to be built in Ukraine

On February 26 the Government of Ukraine made a resolution to prepare for construction new nuclear power units at Khmelnystky nuclear power station.

According to Olexander Bilichenko the director on construction of “Energoatom”, except constructions of two power units at Khmelnystky nuclear power station, documentation is being developed on construction of one more power unit at South-Ukrainian nuclear power station. According to him, this year the second unit of Tashlitskaya hydro-accumulating power station should start working.

According to the Power strategy of Ukraine, by 2020 five new nuclear power units are planned to be put into operation and seven units to be built up to 2030.

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President visits Nyzhnyodniprovsky Tube Plant

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 15:00

President visits Nyzhnyodniprovsky Tube Plant

President visits Nyzhnyodniprovsky Tube Plant

Victor Yushchenko has visited the Nyzhnyodniprovsky Tube Rolling Plant in Dnipropetrovsk to attend a presentation of a USD 410 mln project to build an electric steel smelting complex, which will replace its outdated open-hearth furnace, President’s press office informs.

Dnipropetrovsk Governor Nadiya Deyeva described the projectas an “example of successful dialogue between government and business.” The complex is environmentally safe and energy efficient and will produce its first metal in May 2008. It will also help create 500 new jobs.

The President then visited the wheel rolling department of the plant. Its head, Evhen Kopayev, told him the NTRP was Ukraine’s only and the world’s third largest manufacturer of railroad wheels, producing 240 kinds of wheels for different trains. The annual output of the plant is 210,000 tons of high-quality steel. It exports its products to 26 countries, among them the United States of America, Germany, Austria, Australia, Russia, and Iran.

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Yanukovych: Social consensus concerning Ukraine’s membership in EU reached in the state

Posted by the Editor on February 27, 2007


News / 27 February 2007 | 14:12

Social consensus concerning Ukraine's membership in EU reached in the state

Yanukovych: Social consensus concerning Ukraine’s membership in EU reached in the state

Viktor Yanukovych considers holding the sitting of the Ukraine-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Kyiv, that was resumed after a four-year break, proves concernment from the European Parliament’s side towards cooperation with Ukraine, “Cabinet press office” reported.

Opening the Committee’s sitting Prime Minister noted that today the state experience common consensus concerning acquiring by Ukraine membership at the EU. European integration still is a priority of state policy and Government, President and Verkhovna Rada have the same position in this issue, Viktor Yanukovych emphasized.

Nevertheless Ukraine’s leadership acknowledges the necessity of inner transformations, first of all, reforming of economics, adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to the legislation of the EU, curbing corruption and the primary issue which is creation of European standards in all domains of Ukrainian citizens’ life.The Head of the Government stressed that absence of a clear position regarding European perspective of Ukraine in the EU Council conclusions arouses disappointment among Ukrainian society. Apropos of this on February 22 of the current year Anti-crisis coalition and Parliament

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