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President calls for broad talks

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 17:50

President calls for broad talks

President calls for broad talks

President Victor Yushchenko on Friday met with the heads of law enforcement bodies and Ukraine’s governors to discuss recent political developments, especially how to resolve the country’s deepening political crisis, president’s press office reported.

In a speech, Yushchenko said: “Of course, the situation is not easy. I would really like to inform you about all its collisions so that you should clearly understand your place and role in it. [] You must know that the nation’s security and political stability are under threat. The situation is not ordinary.”

The President said his decision to appoint them as members of the National Security and Defense Council was dictated by the need to “boost their political responsibility for what happens in the state.”

Yushchenko said the past month’s talks to resolve the crisis showed that it was quite easy to find compromises andhold early parliamentary elections. He said participants of these negotiations had reached all agreements but complained they had no goodwill to “launch their package.” Yushchenko accused the governing coalition of using the talks to delay compromise and sabotaging the fulfillment of his agreement with the premier to set a new poll date. He described the talks as dead-end, calling for broad negotiations.

“I am not speaking about two people because it is too risky and I am not speaking about a group involving only political leaders because of the huge risk of destabilization,” he said. “We will definitely continue our talks but I am not very optimistic about the idea and have little hope it will bring results given the approaches demonstrated by the opposite side,” he said.

Yushchenko also spoke about yesterday’s events in the Prosecutor General’s Office and his motivation to fire Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun. He said Piskun had been sacked for refusing to give up his seat in parliament, wanting to be simultaneously an MP and the country’s top prosecutor. Commenting on the involvement of politicians in yesterday’s raid, Yushchenko said: “If our politicians manage our legislation in such a way, this will pose a threat to the country’s security.”

The President slammed Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko for his order to send riot police officers to surround the prosecutor general’s building, describing his actions as illegal: “We will learn the deepest lesson from that situation, I am not kidding. If this minister can put his law enforcement office on political rails with such ease, this minister must not lead the ministry and must be prosecuted for his actions.”

Yushchenko again urged the heads of law enforcement bodies to be politically neutral.

“If the country’s legal institutions were more impartial, the crisis would not be so deep,” he said, asking the newly appointed Security Council members to stay inKyiv forthe next few days.

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Volodymyr Radchenko Appointed Vice Prime Minister of NSDC

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 17:35

Volodymyr Radchenko Appointed Vice Prime Minister of NSDC

Volodymyr Radchenko Appointed Vice Prime Minister of NSDC

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appointed Olexander Kuzmuk the Vice Prime Minister of National Security and Defense Council. 246 People’s Deputies voted for this resolution.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych explained the reasons of Kuzmuk’s appointment at the briefing on Friday, “ForUm‘s correspondent reports.

“Kuzmuk was the best of the other candidates for this position. He is the person with a big experience and who didn’t compromise himself “, Yanukovych told.

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Yanukovych: it is necessary to stop illegality

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 17:12

it is necessary to stop illegality

Yanukovych: it is necessary to stop illegality

The Party of Regionsconsiders Viktor Yushchenko’s team is preparing a forceful usurpation of power. The PR people’s deputy Yury Myroshnychenko considers that the President and his people with the help of the National Security and Defense Council will declare the state of emergency in the country.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych addresses the President Viktor Yushchenko to spot forceful actions immediately, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

Yanukovych noted that for today the CCU and General Prosecutor’s Office work and fulfill their duties, that’s why it is wrong to prevent them from their work. Yanukovych considers there is no necessity to lead troops in Kyiv and place them under President’s authority. He thinks it is not necessary too rais a question on the military level.

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Viktor Yanukovych was appointed chairman of the Government Chiefs Council of the CIS

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 16:00

Viktor Yanukovych was appointed chairman of the Government Chiefs Council of the CIS

Viktor Yanukovych was appointed chairman of the Government Chiefs Council of the CIS

The participants of today’s Government Chiefs Council of the CIS session have appointed Viktor Yanukovych chairman of that Council next year. The first vice PM Mykola Azarov stated at the press conference after today’s summit.

Appointment of Yanukovych Council’s chairman was supported by all participants, Azarov told.

According to Azarov, Ukraine prepares a number of serious propositions how to act within the Commonwealth nearest time. Furthermore, the first vice PM noted that Ukraine prepares the propositions on the transport corridor creation and improvement of economic relationships among the CIS countries, UNIAN reports.

Azarov reminded that because of interior problems in Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych broken off his participation in the session of the Government Chiefs Council of the CIS and returned to Kyiv.

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President has ‘enough tools to resolve conflicts’

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 15:20

President has 'enough tools to resolve conflicts'

President has ‘enough tools to resolve conflicts’

President Victor Yushchenko has enough tools and powers to resolve political conflicts in a constitutional manner, the Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said on Friday, president’s press office reported.

“The President has all the necessary powers and abilities to… stop all those who are creating a very dangerous civil conflict in the country today. He is strong and resolute enough to preservesecurity in the state,” he said after Yushchenko’s meeting with the heads of law enforcement bodies.

Turchynov said participants of the meeting, among them Viktor Shemchuk, the country’s new top prosecutor, urged officers of the Interior Ministry to leave the prosecutor general’s office building. Shemchuk said: “I think there has never been a bigger shame for the prosecutor general’s office than when police officers smashed down its doors.”

Shemchuk added that one of the functions of his office was to ensure that presidential decrees are implemented and expressed confidence most of the country’s prosecutors were “honest and decent people and will adhere to laws and never succumb to provocations.” He also said a criminal case was initiated against Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko and added that yesterday’s events were investigated by the Security Service of Ukraine.

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VR to hold evening meeting

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 15:05

VR to hold evening meeting

VR to hold evening meeting

The Verkhovna Rada will held meeting on Friday at 16.00 p.m., ForUm‘s correspondent reports.

245 People’s Deputies voted to adopt this resolution.

At the evening meeting it is planned to discuss the situation concerning signed by the President decree to place the country’s interior troops under his authority as well as to consider the President’s Decree on the governors’ inclusion in the NSDC, speaker of the VRU informed.

Moroz also emphasized that the references to the Constitution, contained in this decree, are not legally correct.

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Interior Ministry refuses to place interior troops under Yushchenko’s authority

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 14:48

Interior Ministry refuses to place interior troops under Yushchenko's authority

Interior Ministry refuses to place interior troops under Yushchenko’s authority

The Interior Ministry will act in accordance with the law that foresees subordination of the interior troops to the Interior Ministry.

The Interior Ministry does not understand how the law on interior troops of the Interior Ministry of March 26, 1992 can be cancelled. The article 1 of this law foresees interior troops are a part of Interior Ministry structure and intended for security of public objects, civil order and so on.

The Interior Ministry considers it follows the law of Ukraine.

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President issues interior troops decree

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2007


News / 25 May 2007 | 14:15

President issues interior troops decree

President issues interior troops decree

Given yesterday’s events in the Prosecutor General’s Office, President Victor Yushchenko on Friday issued a decree to place the country’s interior troops under his authority, according to president’s press office.

The order was signed to prevent possible threats to the nation’s interests and ensure that the interior troops, which had been until recently a part of the Interior Ministry, are not used to benefit political forces.Yushchenko put his security aide,Ivan Plyushch, in charge of overseeing the implementation of the decree, which will come into force as soon as it is officially published.

Interior troops commander Oleksandr Kikhtenko will now have to ensure his officers:
– guard and patrol Ukraine’s state institutions, particularly the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine;
– help the State Security Department guard governmental institutions and top officials, if necessary;
– preserve law and order in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

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