President seeks political compromise

17:27, 09 November 2006
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“Political consolidation is what Ukraine needs today"

Victor Yushchenko has told reporters the government must work more diligently to consolidate society, according to the President`s press-office.

“Political consolidation is what Ukraine needs today and will need for the next several years,” he said, adding that he would always cooperate with the government, for this is his “professional duty.” “The Presidential Secretariat in Bankova [street] will only build constructive relations and compromises, and I want these words to be heard in Hrushevsky Street [where the government building is located].”

The President said recent parliamentary decisions triggered “instability and unpredictability” and did not benefit Ukraine’s government.

“I would like to emphasize that one of the fundamentals of my efforts is to build political stability in the country, upon which democratic progress is created, and economic and humanitarian standards changed,” he said, adding that it was not only his function to ensure political stability.

When asked to comment on results of the first 100-day term of the Yanukovych government, Mr. Yushchenko said one of the most important qualities was their ability to inherit and develop the domestic and foreign course.

“This issue is being watched not only in Ukraine but also by our [foreign] partners,” he said.

The Head of State said he did not appreciate some of the governmental decisions, particularly in the area of security. 

“I would also prefer to see a more transparent advance towards the World Trade Organization so that we all, the government in particular, understand that the third decade of December is the most favorable period to demonstrate the country’s legal readiness to adopt WTO rules and procedures, […],” he said.

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