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Justice Minister justifies President’s right to dissolve parliament

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News / 8 October 2008 | 17:56

Justice Minister justifies President’s right to dissolve parliament

Justice Minister of Ukraine Mykola Onishchuk claims that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has right to issue a decree on dissolving the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ahead of schedule, as the year since the election expired on September 30.

According to UNIAN, he claimed this to a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

According to M.Onishchuk, the current Verkhovna Rada was elected on September 30, 2007, which means that, regardless of the Central Electoral Committee’s ruling on registration of lawmakers, the year must be calculated namely since the moment of the “political fact of lawmakers election”.

“Under all conditions, this period expired on September 30, 2008. It means that, in fact, the President has opportunity to exercise his right to terminate authorities of the Verkhovna Rada ahead of schedule”, the Justice Minister said.

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Kyiv to host Council of Europe conference

Posted by the Editor on October 8, 2008


News / 8 October 2008 | 16:33

Kyiv to host Council of Europe conference

European youth policy for the next decade will be decided at the 8th European Conference of Youth Ministers jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the Ukrainian Government in the capital Kyiv on 10-11 October, according to a CE press release forwarded to UNIAN.

The conference, entitled  “The future of the Council of Europe youth policy: AGENDA 2020”, will focus on challenges that young people across Europe are facing today. These include: 

– Promoting equal opportunities for girls and boys, young women and young men; 

–  Supporting young people’s access to social rights;

– Empowering young people to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and its religious dimension;

–  Promoting intergenerational dialogue and solidarity;

 The event will bring together ministers responsible for youth from the 49 signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention as well as representatives of the European Youth Forum and international non-governmental youth organisations as well as representatives of international organisations and institutions, professional networks, and parliamentarians.

 A final declaration outlining the priorities in the youth sector for the next decade – the so called “Agenda 2020” – is due to be adopted on 11 October.

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Oil supply to Ukrainian refineries reduced

Posted by the Editor on October 8, 2008


News / 8 October 2008 | 15:30

Oil supply to Ukrainian refineries reduced

Oil supply to the Ukrainian oil refinery plants was reduced by 29.7% in January-September, comparing to the analogous period of 2007.

Supply of Ukrainian oil to Ukrainian refineries was increased by 1.3% in January-September, comparing to the analogous period of 2007.

For nine months Ukrainian refineries have processed 7316.6 thousand tons of oil, which is 27.9% less than in for the analogous period of 2007.

Note: There are six working refineries in Ukraine of total refining capacity 51.11 mln tons of oil annually. Three of them, including Odessa refinery “Lukoil”, Lisichansk refinery “Ӎȼspan style=”” lang=”EN-US”>-

Д and Kremenchug plant “Naftogaz Ukrainy” control 66% of the Ukrainian petrol market and 51% of the diesel fuel market.

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Gates backs Ukraine’s NATO hopes

Posted by the Editor on October 8, 2008


News / 8 October 2008 | 14:30

Gates backs Ukraine’s NATO hopes

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his Ukrainian counterpart acknowledged Wednesday that there is much work to do to overcome the political unrest in Ukraine and its limited public support for the nation`s NATO membership hopes, The Associated Press reported.Gates said the struggles do not diminish U.S. support for Ukraine`s efforts to join the international coalition. But as he spoke, Ukraine president Viktor Yushchenko appeared closer to calling early parliamentary elections in a bitter political standoff with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that threatens to further destabilize the country.

“It is a time of political transition in Ukraine and I assured the minister that we stand ready to work with whatever new coalition may appear,” Gates told reporters after a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov. He added, “We all have to deal with political realities, but our position (in support of Ukraine) in principle remains unchanged.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Yekhanurov acknowledged that while about 31 percent of the public voices support for the country`s move to join NATO, a poll showed that a similar number disapprove, and 40 percent are undecided.

“We have to work a lot to address this issue,” he said.

If a new parliamentary vote is called, it would be the third parliamentary election in as many years and observers fear it would further destabilize this politically turbulent nation.

Gates and Yekhanurov are in Macedonia for a meeting of the Southeastern Europe defense ministers. The sessions Wednesday, followed by a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Hungary later this week, reflect the escalating tensions in the region between Russia and increasingly westward-looking Eastern European nations like Ukraine and Georgia.

Russia has bitterly opposed the prospect of NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, which once were republics of the Soviet Union. And some NATO allies worry that not showing strong support for the two countries could be seen as bowing to pressure from Moscow.

The conferences also follow closely on the heels of Russia`s invasion of Georgia in August, a move that enraged the U.S. and European allies, and further eroded U.S. relations with Moscow.

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Yushchenko says he did not dissolve parliament in 2007

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News / 8 October 2008 | 13:30
Yushchenko says he did not dissolve parliament in 2007

Yushchenko says he did not dissolve parliament in 2007

The constitutional provision forbidding to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada, which was elected over a snap poll announced after the President of Ukraine terminated ahead of schedule the authorities of the previous convocation of parliament, during a year since the day of election, has nothing to do with the current situation.According to the President`s press-office, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claimed this during consultations on termination of the parliament authorities ahead of schedule on Wednesday.

The President recalled that the last-year snap poll was appointed by the President’s decree #497 of June 5, 2007 not because of the termination of the Verkhovna Rada ahead of schedule.

“In June of 2007, the President of Ukraine did not make decision to terminate the authorities of the Verkhovna Rada of V convocation ahead of schedule. The snap parliamentary poll, which took place on September 30 of 2007, was appointed by the President because the Verkhovna Rada became unauthorized, and it was impossible to restore its authority”, the President stressed.

Thus, according to him, the snap poll in 2007 did not follow the mechanism stipulated by the part four Article 90 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which demands a year interval after the election.

“This provision of the Constitution has nothing to do with the current situation”, Victor Yushchenko is confident.

According to the President`s press-office, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk, first deputy Speaker Oleksander Lavrynovych, deputy Speaker Mykola Tomenko, Party of Regions faction leader Victor Yanukovych, BYuT faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko, OU-PSD faction leader Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Lytvyn’s Bloc faction leader Volodymyr Lytvyn, and Communist faction leader Petro Symonenko.

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Yushchenko asked USA to transfer military ships

Posted by the Editor on October 8, 2008


News / 8 October 2008 | 13:00

Yushchenko asked USA to transfer military ships

Ukraine and the USA study an issue on possibility to transfer the American military ships to the Ukrainian Naval Forces of Ukraine.

The US Defense Minister Robert Gates told today after the meeting with the Ukrainian Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov.

Gates informed that the consultations on this issue continue and the next stage will take place in California.

The President Viktor Yushchenko also drew attention to this issue during his visit to the USA.

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Tymoshenko did not come to government’s session

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News / 8 October 2008 | 12:35

Tymoshenko did not come to government’s session

The session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is taking place without Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The session was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Oleksander Turchynov.

Ministers both from the Block of Yulia Tymoshenko and from Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defense Bloc are present at the session.

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Tymoshenko did not come to government’s session

Posted by the Editor on October 8, 2008


News / 8 October 2008 | 12:35

Tymoshenko did not come to government’s session

The session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is taking place without Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The session was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Oleksander Turchynov.

Ministers both from the Block of Yulia Tymoshenko and from Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defense Bloc are present at the session.

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