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President meets PG to discuss protection of citizens’ right for appeals

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News / 3 February 2009 | 18:00

President meets PG to discuss protection of citizens’ right for appeals

President Victor Yushchenko met today with Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko. Main subject for the meeting became protection of citizens’ constitutional right to address state authorities and local self-government with appeals, president’s press office reported.

Opening the meeting President Yushchenko stressed that one of three appeals, he has received in 2008 from Ukrainian citizens, contained their complains about work of law enforcement bodies or courts. Also, according to the statistics, there were 15 percent more appeals on the matter in 2008 than in 2007 with worst tendencies in Cherkasy, Ternopil and Lviv regions.

According to the President the most often complains are over:
– illegal actions of prosecutor’s offices officials;
– denial of bringing criminal actions and groundless closure of criminal cases;
– delays in investigation;

President Yushchenko suggested holding an expanded sitting of the Prosecutors’ Collegium to discuss processing of citizens’ appeals by prosecution, including the complains over work of law enforcement bodies and the prosecution itself.

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Outstanding Ukrainian writer Pavlo Zagrebelnyi died

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News / 3 February 2009 | 16:20
Outstanding Ukrainian writer Pavlo Zagrebelnyi died

Outstanding Ukrainian writer Pavlo Zagrebelnyi died

Distinguished Ukrainian writer Pavlo Zagrebelnyi died last night, the Union of Writers of Ukraine informed.Pavlo Zahrebelnyi (born August 25, 1924 in Soloshyne village, Poltava Oblast) is a well-known Ukrainian novelist, author of short stories, novels about World War II, also social and historical novels. He is a laureate of the State Award of Ukraine (1974) and the State Award of the USSR (1980). He has also been awarded the Hero of Ukraine award for his works on August 25, 2004.

One of his best known novels is Roksolana (1980) about the life of Anastasia Lisovska, a Ruthenian girl from Galicia who became a wife Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and played a prominent role in the sixteenth century Ottoman Empire.

Notable works: Dyvo, Epraksiya, Yaroslav Mudryi, Yevprasksiya, Yuliya abo zaprosennya do samovbyvstva, Pervomist, Pivdennyi komfort, Roksolana, Smert` u Kyyevi, Tysiacholitniy Mykolay.

Zahrebelny`s books are translated into 23 languages.

President Viktor Yushchenko offered his condolences over death of famous Ukrainian writer Pavlo Zagrebelny, who died in Kyiv on February 3 aged 84, President’s Press Secretary Iryna Vannykova informed today.

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World Court draws border between Romania, Ukraine

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News / 3 February 2009 | 17:10

World Court draws border between Romania, Ukraine

World Court draws border between Romania, Ukraine

(AP) – The International Court of Justice, Hague, Netherlands, has drawn the boundary between Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea, striking a compromise in the longstanding argument.

The court discounted arguments and maps presented by both countries and drew a maritime boundary between the rival claims.

At stake is access to billions of cubic meters of natural gas and and an estimated 10 million tons of oil, but it was unclear how the new line would divide those resources.

Romania said it got 79% of its claim. But Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister Oleksandr Kupchyshyn said both parties were satisfied with the judgment, which he called “a wise compromise.”

The decision Tuesday by the court, the U.N.’s highest judicial body, is final and binding on both sides.

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Tymoshenko sees no grounds to reconsider the state budget

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News / 3 February 2009 | 15:31

Tymoshenko sees no grounds to reconsider the state budget

The Government has overfulfilled the 2009 State Budget’s yield for January and there are no grounds to revise it, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko told a briefing today, Cabinet’s press office reported.

According to the Prime Minister, the State Budget tax revenues of the total fund are overfulfilled in January, and the Pension Fund revenues overfulfilled by 22%, in particular. “The Budget will be revised only if there are grounds for it: if the budget is overfulfilled or underfulfilled,” Yulia Tymoshenko stressed.

The Head of Government also stressed that country faces no problems with social payments. She urged the politicians not to speculate in this subject and not to destabilize the situation: “Don’t speculate in a scrape of Ukraine which fell into the global financial crisis and don’t maraud in it”.

Yulia Tymoshenko noted that despite all confrontations the Government would do its best and hold clear stable position required in this difficult crisis situation”.

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Tymoshenko: Government is ready to report to Parliament

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News / 3 February 2009 | 14:40

Government is ready to report to Parliament

Tymoshenko: Government is ready to report to Parliament

The Government is ready to report to the Parliament about its activity at any moment. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko stated at a briefing in Parliament today.

“The Government has come with its full complement to the Parliament and is ready for hearing of the issue on dismissal at any moment,” Yulia Tymoshenko stated.

At the same time the Prime Minister said that putting a question about the Cabinet’s dismissal makes no sense, as it is a “political game”, “From the very beginning the question about the Cabinet’s dismissal was unreasonable. Even if the Cabinet’s dismissal to be voted, de jure and de facto the Government does not resign, according to the Constitution, it continues to work as acting Cabinet, until the new coalition is formed and the new Cabinet is elected,” Yulia Tymoshenko stressed.

The Prime Minister noted, by such actions the opposition longs to destabilize the situation in the Parliament, economy, financial sphere and Ukraine on the whole.

“The fact that Party of Regions blocks the rostrum today, preventing the hearing of the issue on Cabinet’s dismissal, proves the chaos in this political force, the absence of logic. We are very astonished at such actions,” the Head of Government stated.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government had proposed to hear this issue on Wednesday but this proposal was rejected, “If you have initiated the Cabinet’s dismissal, so you should have common masculine and political courage to hear and not to put nappies on during such hearings”.

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OU thinks “regionals” wasting their efforts

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News / 3 February 2009 | 14:00

OU thinks “regionals” wasting their efforts


Our Ukraine deputy Ksenya Lyapina believes that the blocking of the parliament by the Party of Regions is senseless. She told journalists in the VR, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“We also don’t support the policy of the Cabinet and belive that it is the worst Cabinet ever, but the actions of the Party of Regions are senseless, as the party does not have an answer to the main question, whether a new coalition will be formed after the dismissal of the governemnt in force,” Lyapina said.

According to her, it is impossible to dismiss the government now.

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Yanukovych knows the recipe to save economy

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News / 3 February 2009 | 13:20

Yanukovych knows the recipe to save economy


Leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych believes that the state budget for 2009 must be real and balanced. He told a briefing in the parliament, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“This complex document must be backed by a concrete program of actions. I don’t want to go into details now, but we have our vision of solving these questions. We believe that development of infrastructure projects must be one of the main task, which wil enable to attact investments and to raise the domestic market,” Yanukovych said.

According to him, “the Party of Regions knows how to elevate the economy level.

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Ukraine and Romania to get ruling on oil-rich waters

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News / 3 February 2009 | 11:40
Ukraine and Romania to get ruling on oil-rich waters

Ukraine and Romania to get ruling on oil-rich waters

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is due to end a long-running maritime dispute between Romania and Ukraine on Tuesday over a tiny islet on the Black Sea with access to potentially vast reserves of oil and gas, Reuters reported.

The conflict has intensified in recent years as both countries struggle to find new energy supplies and reduce their dependence on Russian gas.

Romania estimates the disputed shelf may contain reserves exceeding 100 billion cubic metres of natural gas and more than 10 million tonnes of crude, which could theoretically make Romania energy-independent until 2030.

Observers expect the ICJ to make a compromise ruling that will split the waters around Serpent Island, also known as Snake Island, between Romania and Ukraine.

“The court will never meet the demands of either party. It will be a compromise ruling,” said Volodymyr Vasylenko, Ukraine`s representative to the International Court of Justice.

“But both parties will take advantage of it … as (it will) create favourable conditions for both parties to invite foreign investors to develop projects in the area.

At stake are oil exploration and drilling rights in a 12,000 sq km (4,600 sq mile) area of Black Sea waters on the continental shelf in the vicinity of the Ukrainian-owned islet, some 40 km (25 miles) offshore.

Several large foreign companies have expressed interest in investing in the area, including Total (TOTF.PA), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), BP (BP.L) and OMV (OMVV.VI).

Ukraine argues that Serpent Island is an inhabited, economically active island, which might mean, in the court`s eyes, that the continental shelf around it should belong to Ukraine.

It says around 100 people including military personnel, lighthouse keepers and scientists live with their families on the island, which at 0.17 sq km is about the area of 20 soccer pitches, and has a coastline of high cliffs.

Romania says that Ukraine has only developed activity on the islet with the court ruling in mind, and that it is really an uninhabited rock.

It argues that the islet should have no influence on the course of the maritime border, which could mean that the shelf around Serpent Island would be evenly divided.

However, legal experts say a host of previous ICJ rulings in similar maritime border disputes are too inconsistent to offer any real guide to Tuesday`s ruling.

“After the ruling, we will parcel out the zone we get. For every parcel we will organise public tenders, open for both foreign and local investors,” said Gicu Borosi, director at Romania`s Mineral Resources Agency.

Reuters

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