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Yushchenko: Future can still be Orange

Posted by the Editor on July 17, 2007


News / 17 July 2007 | 18:00

Future can still be Orange

Yushchenko: Future can still be Orange

Over the last few months, Ukraine’s young democracy has faced a difficult challenge. This has taken the form of a constitutional crisis and an attempt by certain parliamentary forces to monopolise power by illegitimate means. Among other things, this crisis has revealed serious weaknesses in our political institutions and a lack of responsibility on the part of some of our leaders.

Our task now is to remedy these problems in a way that allows Ukraine to move forward again.

I want to reassure our friends across Europe – especially those who were so generous in their support during the Orange Revolution – that Ukraine will emerge stronger as a result of the steps we are taking to overcome our problems. In consulting the people directly through new elections, we are showing that Ukraine will never step back from the path of democracy. Mistakes have certainly been made, but brick by brick we are building our own democratic tradition rooted in European values.

European parliamentarianism is the heart of Ukrainian democracy. The Ukrainian people want their rights and freedoms to be guaranteed properly, not ritually. We must not only acknowledge the obvious gains of the last three years, but face up to inherited and acquired problems. We must learn to see each success and each failure as important elements of our democratic evolution.

Our recent crisis demonstrated a threatening disparity between the democratic slogans of certain politicians and their commitment to democratic values in practice. Combined with flagrant constitutional violations, clear examples of political corruption sparked off public resentment and paralysed the work of parliament and government.

In my opinion, European parliamentarianism means a constructive dialogue between the parliamentary majority and opposition, and a willingness to exercise power with humility, responsibility and restraint. Parliament can function when the majority ignores the opposition and blatantly revises election results; parliamentarianism cannot.

We are grateful to all European institutions for following the situation closely and encouraging a peaceful, negotiated solution. Our partners throughout Europe know that the snap election being held on 30 September is not extreme but an ordinary, valid tool of democracy, an opportunity to renew our politics and repair the relationship between the people and their government.

More than new elections, the Ukrainian people want change in the way that the business of politics is conducted. That is why I have initiated a profound renewal of the country’s political system. One of its cornerstones is repealing immunity for parliamentarians. This is essential if the integrity of parliament is to be restored. Parliament is for making laws, not hiding from them.

We desperately need new, fair and unbreakable rules of state and public life, an honest and independent judiciary, and political institutions strong enough to defend the constitution when it is attacked. We also need political leaders who accept their responsibility for making the system work in the national interest.

The elections in September are an opportunity to begin that work afresh.

Instead of being a point of further division, I want them to become a celebration of Ukrainian democracy and our determination to pursue a European path. With your help, we can realise that hope.

Article in European Voice

By Viktor Yushchenko

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Baloha urges Rudkovsky to resign

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News / 17 July 2007 | 17:35

Baloha urges Rudkovsky to resign

Baloha urges Rudkovsky to resign

Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha on Tuesday said that President Viktor Yushchenko had full information about yesterday’s accident in the Lviv region, President’s press office informed.

Several Ukrainian villages are at risk from a giant poisonous cloud that formed after a train carrying a toxic chemical caught fire and derailed. Hundreds of villagers from the area have been evacuated and tens have been taken to hospital. The fire aboard the train carrying highly flammable yellow phosphorous was put out late on Monday. Baloha said the President had issued a decree to cope with the disaster and ensure that its victims are safe.

He said railroad accidents “have become frequent recently” and accused Transportation Minister Mykola Rudkovsky of being incompetent, urging him to resign.

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Lytvyn demands to discharge Rudkovsky and Shufrych

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News / 17 July 2007 | 17:00

Lytvyn demands to discharge Rudkovsky and Shufrych

Lytvyn demands to discharge Rudkovsky and Shufrych

The Ukrainian People’s Party called President Viktor Yushchenko and PM Viktor Yanukovych to dismiss Emergency Minister Nestor Shufrych and Transport and Communications Minister Mykola Rudkovsky and file criminal charges against them because of the derailment of a freight train carrying yellow phosphorous in the Lviv region, according to UPP press service.The party believes that that Shufrych and Rudkovsky inaction could lead to threat for Ukrainians. The UPP believes that the increase of train accidents is directly connected with the inactions of Shufrych and Rudkovsky.

That’s why Ukrainian People’s party demands to dismiss Rudkovsky and Shufrych. The UPP also insists on urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.

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Yatsenyuk: Ukraine doesn’t synchronize its way to WTO with Russia

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News / 17 July 2007 | 16:20

Ukraine doesn’t synchronize its way to WTO with Russia

Yatsenyuk: Ukraine doesn’t synchronize its way to WTO with Russia

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that Ukraine doesn’t synchronize its way to the World Trade Organization with Russia. He said in an interview to journalists on Tuesday after the meeting with European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels.

“Russian has its own way, and Ukraine has its own way too. We do not synchronize these questions,” Yatsenyuk said.

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Ferrero-Waldner to call upon fair elections in Ukraine

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News / 17 July 2007 | 15:38

Ferrero-Waldner to call upon fair elections in Ukraine

Ferrero-Waldner to call upon fair elections in Ukraine

European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita conference after the meeting with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

“It is very important the elections to be held in accordance with the democratic standards,” the Ferrero-Waldner calls Ukraine to hold fair and democratic elections. She stated at a press European Commissioner said. She greeted the invitation of the European observers to the elections. Moreover, she is sure that the political constituent is very important for the further development of Ukraine-EU relations.

In turn, Yatsenyuk believes that despite the results of the elections, Ukrainian politicians will continue European integration course. “This is the choice not of the politicians, but it is the choice of all Ukrainians. Everybody supports European integration, and this is a challenge for Ukraine,” the Minister said.

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Enhanced agreement to make Ukraine and European Union closer

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News / 17 July 2007 | 15:04

Enhanced agreement to make Ukraine and European Union closer

Enhanced agreement to make Ukraine and European Union closer

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner discussed the preparation of new enhanced agreement between Ukraine and the EU, and the questions of Shengen visas issuance to Ukrainians. As the representative office of the EU in Ukraine informs, these questions were discussed during the meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

The sides noted the achieved progress during the negotiations, and came to a conclusion that the new agreement would lead the bilateral relations to the new level of development, “UNIAN” reports.

In turn, the European Commissioner claimed that the EU supported Ukraine’s joining WTO. “It will help to conclude an agreement about the free trade area,” the Commissioner said.

During the bilateral meeting the question on visa system also was discussed.

Yatsenyuk expressed his hope that the European Commission will interfere in this situation settlement before the ratification of agreement on visa system and the readmission between Ukraine and the EU.

According to Yatsenyuk, during the meeting the sides agreed that the quick ratification and implementation of signed in June agreements will be for the benefit of Ukraine and the European Union as well.

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Three reasons for ecology accident in Lviv region

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News / 17 July 2007 | 14:30

Three reasons for ecology accident in Lviv region

Three reasons for ecology accident in Lviv region

Law enforcement agencies and the government commission are working at three reasons for accident of 15 derailed tanks with yellow phosphorus in Lviv region. Ukrzaliznytsya Director General Volodymyr Kozak announced that at a briefing, the ForUm informs.

According to Kozak, the freight belongs to Kazfosfat Company.

Kozak said he immediately reacted on accident and sent fire crews to the place of accident. “Our forces liquidated the fire,” he said.

Kozak informed that law enforcement agencies and the governmental commission headed by Vice Prime Minister Olexander Kuzmuk were working at three reasons of the accident: “Condition of railway, condition of the rolling stock, and the rules of transportation of such freight are being checked now,” he said.

In case employees of Lviv railway are found guilty in the accident by the investigation, they will be brought to criminal responsibility, he said.

According to him, there is still danger for the population concerning breath system injury.

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Terrible accident in Lviv region

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News / 17 July 2007 | 14:00

Terrible accident in Lviv region

Terrible accident in Lviv region

On Monday at 16.55 p.m 15 tanks with yellow phosphorus of freight train were derailed in Lviv region. Tanks were transported from Kazakhstan to Poland.

Because of leakage of phosphorus from one of the tanks, spontaneous combustion of six tanks occurred. As a result of accident 50 meters of railways, 100 meters of contact network and three poles were damaged.  Firefighters put out fire after a train derailed. Fire was liquidated at 22.29 p.m. Zone of lesions is 90 km 2. There are 14 population districts with 11 thousand of people in affected territory.

16 people were poisoned with combustion gases. 13 of them were taken to the medical center, UNIAN informs.

Regional commission for emergency situations held an emergency meeting.

Oksana Mariskevych Director of Carpathian Ecology institute stated that it is necessary to evacuate people from surrounded areas. Phosphorus fumes can negatively affect people.

Meanwhile Lviv authorities called people not to panic.

“There are no threats for environment and people,” deputy head of Lviv region Mykola Horyn said, calling mass media not to spread information about “Second Chernobyl”.

Prosecutor General’s Office instituted legal proceeding. The cause of the accident is being investigated..

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