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Ukraine favors revival of Transnistrian talks – Yanukovych

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News / 7 February 2011 | 16:22

Ukraine favors revival of Transnistrian talks - Yanukovych

Ukraine favors revival of Transnistrian talks – Yanukovych

Ukraine has promised to support a resumption of talks on settlement of the Transdnestr issue, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Monday.

Yanukovych met on Monday with the OCSE chairman, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis. Ukraine will hold the OSCE’s rotating presidency in 2013.

Talks on the future of Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdnestr in the “five-plus-two” format, involving Russia, Ukraine, OSCE, Moldova, Transdnestr, with the United States and the EU as observers, have been frozen since February 2006.

Following Yanukovych’s election as Ukrainian President last year, Kiev’s official stance has been for granting special legal status for Transdniestr as part of Moldova.

“Ukraine stands for the early resumption of negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict,” the Ukrainian president’s press service cited Yanukovych as saying. “We will support all efforts by our partners,” he said, adding that the conflict should be settled peacefully based on international legal norms and laws.

The Russian-speaking province of Transdnestr has maintained de facto independence from Moldova since a brief war in 1992, following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Tiraspol insists on independence, and even integration with Russia, while Chisinau says it is only willing to grant Transdnestr autonomy within Moldova. Transdnestr also insists it should be an integral part of any talks or agreements on the settlement issue.

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OSCE concerned about freedom of speech in Ukraine

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News / 7 February 2011 | 14:33

OSCE concerned about freedom of speech in Ukraine

OSCE concerned about freedom of speech in Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) hopes that Ukraine will settle all problems related to the freedom of speech and democracy in the country, OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Foreign Minister of Lithuania Audronius Azubalis has said.

“We hope that the issues that I raised today with my counterpart [Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko] will be seriously and thoroughly studied by our counterparts. We hope Ukraine will remain one of the leaders in media freedom in the region… and one of the leaders in promoting democracy and creating a truly civil society,” Azubalis said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

He also said that the international community had noted certain problems in the observance of human rights and media freedoms in Ukraine.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko’s press office Batkivshchyna Party leader will meet today with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office during his official visit to Ukraine.

During the meeting they will discuss the political situation in Ukraine, economic and political freedoms, selective application of justice as a way of persecuting political opponents, and the situation with free speech.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is putting at risk the lives of 60 military personnel

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News / 7 February 2011 | 12:49

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is putting at risk the lives of 60 military personnel

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is putting at risk the lives of 60 military personnel

The leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko believes that by backing President Viktor Yanukovych’s initiative to send Ukrainian peacekeepers to Côte d’Ivoire the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has demonstrated its lack of responsibility before Ukrainian society.

“Today people’s deputies, most of whose families have been living outside Ukraine, including on yachts, in the Canary Islands, in Europe, are now with one click sending our children to someone else’s war in Cote d’Ivoire. This does not happen every day,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists, commenting on the Verkhovna Rada’s approval of the decision of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to send peacekeepers to the Ivory Coast.

According to her, deputies and personally Viktor Yanukovych should take full responsibility for protecting the lives of the Ukrainian military. “The president, who himself under certain circumstances did not serve in the army, whose sons have not served in the military, who does not know the grief of mothers who lose their children in someone else’s war, and with his one request he put in danger the lives of 60 Ukrainians, who were sent to someone else’s civil war. And the deputies of the majority who have long lost their conscience and brains, gave their “ok” to this order of Yanukovych, and sent people to war,” she pointed out.

“I want to remind Mr. Yanukovych that he sent someone else’s sons to war today, and who will be responsible before their mothers, parents and families if, God forbid, they lose their lives. Such actions by Yanukovych are yet more proof that he is indifferent towards Ukrainians and Ukraine, that he only cares about his life and everything that concerns his family, his status, his own interests,” she said.

As reported, today, the pro-government majority in the Verkhovna Rada approved the president’s decision to send a Ukrainian peacekeeping mission composed of three Mi-24 combat helicopters and 60 flight personnel to take part in UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire – a country which is practically on the verge of civil war.

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50 fan embassies will be set up in host cities for UEFA EURO 2012

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News / 7 February 2011 | 11:01

50 fan embassies will be set up in host cities for UEFA EURO 2012

50 fan embassies will be set up in host cities for UEFA EURO 2012

Up to 50 fan embassies will be set up in host cities of the European Football Championship 2012, where fans will be able to get all necessary information about the tournament and the city, First Deputy Chairman of the State Service for Youth and Sports Serhiy Hlushchenko told in a commentary to information center Ukraine -2012 functioning at UKRINFORM.

“Fan embassies of the two types will be set up in each of four host cities: stationary and mobile. Their number will be different, up to 10 embassies in every city, in Kyiv there will be more such embassies – up to 20,” he said.

According to Hlushchenko, stationary embassies in the form of tents will be located in the places of the largest gatherings of fans. From two to eight volunteers will be working there. In mobile embassies – two to three volunteers will move around the city in an automobile and consult tourists.

Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv are determined by UEFA as host cities of the European Football Championship 2012 finals.

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