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President meets Hans-Gert Pottering

Posted by the Editor on April 17, 2007


News / 17 April 2007 | 18:00

President meets Hans-Gert Pottering

President meets Hans-Gert Pottering

Victor Yushchenko met with the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering, in Brussels on Tuesday to speak about the political situation in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian leader pledged during a joint press conference “to resolve the political crisis caused by the parliamentary crisis nonviolently and through political means,” and called political corruption “a generator of the initial crisis.”

“The President’s decree to disband parliament was a consequence of those causes of the parliamentary crisis,” he said, adding that the country’s political leaders were now seeking to find “both political and legal” solutions to the problem.”I am convinced we are now close to settling the crisis [] and this process will make Ukraine more democratic and European.”

He thanked our European partners for their straightforward position on Ukraine’s crisis.

“It is very important that our friends in the European Union letUkraine resolve the situation independently. The matter is that the answer to all questions is in Ukraine,” he said, adding that democracy “always offers lots of opportunities to resolve any conflict in a peaceful manner.”

Pottering called on Ukraine’s political leaders to spare no effort to settle the matter peacefully and legally.

“I think an early election is that instrument you need to understand the will of the nation,” he said. “We will particularly support the president in his intentions to settle the situation.”

He agreed with Yushchenko that political corruption was one of Ukraine’s biggest threats and problems, thanking him for his “active criticism of such actions.”

Pottering said Europe could send Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as a mediator to defuse the crisis if Ukraine asked the European Parliament for assistance. He also said Yushchenko’s visit to Brussels showed his respect for and trust in the European Union’s institutions.
 
 
Photo: president’s press office
 

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Yanukovych to offer Yushchenko to ask for help in the EU

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News / 17 April 2007 | 17:46

Yanukovych to offer Yushchenko to ask for help in the EU

Yanukovych to offer Yushchenko to ask for help in the EU

The PM of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych will ask the President Yushchenko again to address together to the European Institutions for assistance in political crisis regulations. He told today after the meeting with the General Secretary of the Council of Europe Terri Davis.

According to Yanukovych, he will address the President at tomorrow’s meeting with Yushchenko.

This question can be solved by agreement of two sides, so I made an offer to the President, but he has not answered yet.

“I consider after my visit to Strasburg and his visit to Brussels he possible will change his mind and we will address the European institutions, in particular the European Council.

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Ukraine has great potential in biofuel production

Posted by the Editor on April 17, 2007


News / 17 April 2007 | 17:00

Ukraine has great potential in biofuel production

Ukraine has great potential in biofuel production

On 16 April, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Slauta participated in the International Conference: “Development of regenerative energy sources. Regulatory policy, market strategies, attracting investments. Experience of Ukraine, the USA and countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, Cabinet press office reported.

According to Viktor Slauta, Ukraine has great potential for biofuel production and use of regenerative energy sources is one of the key priorities of Government’s activity.

The people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministries and departments, public professional and representative organizations of agricultural sector have also took part in the conference.

As a result of the conference a resolution has been adopted.

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President meets EPP leader

Posted by the Editor on April 17, 2007


News / 17 April 2007 | 16:40

President meets EPP leader

President meets EPP leader

Victor Yushchenko has met with Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party, according to the president’s press office.

Martens supported his intentions to guarantee the irreversibility of Ukraine’s democratic course. He said his party was monitoring closely developments in Ukraineand was ready to help our country promote and ensure democratic changes.

They also spoke about the idea of a youth forum involving representatives of Ukraine’s and the European Union’s political parties before this year’s Ukraine-EU summit, scheduled to be held on September 14 in Kyiv.

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Yanukovych told why he does not fulfill the President’s decree

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News / 17 April 2007 | 16:20

Yanukovych told why he does not fulfill the President's decree

Yanukovych told why he does not fulfill the President’s decree

The prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych explains that the Government does not fulfill the President’s decree as considers it by-laws. Yanukovych told today answering the deputies’ questions of the PACE.

“The President’s decree is by-laws. The basic law is the Constitution. All citizens including the President should obey the Constitution,” he said.

Yanukovych also noted that the Government is ready to fulfill the decree in case the CCU admits it constitutional.

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President meets Jose Manuel Barroso

Posted by the Editor on April 17, 2007


News / 17 April 2007 | 15:32

President meets Jose Manuel Barroso

President meets Jose Manuel Barroso

Victor Yushchenko has met for talks with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in Brussels. They spoke about how to resolve the political crisis in Ukraine and develop the country’s ties with the European Union, president’s press office reported.

Speaking about the stalemate in his country, the Ukrainian leader said during a joint press conference, “Ukraine will find a democratic response to this challenge.”

Yushchenko added that the country’s political leaders would most probablycompromise on the need to pass an opposition law and a law based on the National Security Pact, adopt changes to the cabinet law and create a commission to amend the constitution.

“The integral component of how to resolve the crisis is an early election,” he reiterated.

The Presidentcharacterized the situation in Ukraine as democratic, saying that the country should react to challenges on its democratic path lawfully and politically. He promised again there would be no use of force to settle the situation.Hesaid the crisis had erupted because of the unconstitutional attempts by the ruling coalition to expand its parliamentary majority.

“This path leads to a revision of the result of last year’s parliamentary election and usurpation,posing a threat to Ukraine’s constitutional order,” he said.

When asked about the role of the Constitutional Court in helping end the standoff, Yushchenko expressed confidence “each side of the conflict will accept a ruling by the Constitutional Court” but added that there were some nuances that should be resolved politically.

Barroso said Ukraine should settle the crisis both politically and constitutionally, for”it is always possible to find a flexible solution and make compromises through constitutional means.” He said Europe was closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.

“Our message to Ukraine and its people is that we support democracy and stability in Ukraine,” he said.

Yushchenko and Barroso also spoke about preparations to sign an enhanced agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The leader of the European Commission expressed hopes our relations “will become closer and closer and that we will soon resolve all the problems.” He wished Ukraine and Poland success in today’s final presentation of their bid to host the Euro 2012 finals.

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Yanukovych will agree with any CC verdict

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News / 17 April 2007 | 15:09

Yanukovych will agree with any CC verdict

Yanukovych will agree with any CC verdict

The PM of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych hopes that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine will soon bring verdict concerning the President’s decree on the VRU dissolution. He told in Strasburg after the meeting with the PACE President.

Yanukovych noted that he will accept any verdict of the CCU. “We will admit any CCU decision as legal,” he said.

According to Yanukovych, political processes in Ukraine are being held within democratic principles. He is convinced that the way out of this situation will be negotiations based on the Constitution.

Today the CCU starts considering case on President’s decree of April 2, 2007 “On early parliament dissolution”.

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PACE expressed its position to Yanukovych

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News / 17 April 2007 | 14:44

PACE expressed its position to Yanukovych

PACE expressed its position to Yanukovych

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rene van der Linder declares that the Council of Europe can assist Ukraine but will not take any side in the conflict.

The President of the PACE told today in Strasburg after the meeting with the Ukraine’s PM Yanukovych.

He expressed a hope that the conflict will be solved within the law. “We should exclude conflict solving in streets,” he said. He also added that the political parties of Ukraine should understand responsibility for such course of events.

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