President speaks at national roundtable
He called the Pact a great political breakthrough
At today’s roundtable to sign a national unity pact, Victor Yushchenko said he was convinced political leaders would confirm their commitment to the country’s national interests by signing this agreement, according to the President’s press-office.
“I would like to assure you we used the Constitution and national laws when composing it and thus its objectives are consistent with our laws,” he said, adding the document was aimed at uniting Ukrainian politicians.
“So this document, to my mind, is a great political breakthrough and shows our deep commitment to Ukrainian priorities, but, on the other hand, raises our respect for freedom and democracy,” he said.
The President opined many of the current political challenges “were inherited from the past.”
“There were many ambitions to see Ukraine different and so many legends about Ukrainians being different appeared. Thus it must be Europe’s only country that has the political east and the political west,” he explained, saying this approach was obviously used to “weaken the nation and make its actions less effective.”
The Head of State said the “major test” of the roundtable was its participants’ “willingness to compromise.”
“Although the pact does not answer all our questions and does not resolve all our problems, I would, first of all, tell each participant of the table that we managed to discover a better formula than that we had before after such a heated debate.”
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksandr Moroz, Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, Viktor Yanukovych (Regions Party), Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT), Roman Bezsmertny (Our Ukraine), Vasyl Tsushko (Socialist Party), and Petro Symonenko (Communist Party) are present at the meeting.