Ukrainian opposition leader condemns President

12:28, 15 March 2007
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In particular, his new agreement with Prime Minister

Ukrainian opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko has condemned the agreement reached today between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to return to implementing the provisions of the national unity declaration signed before Yanukovych`s appointment last August and to set up a national council for Ukraine`s strategic development, according to the One Plus One TV report, translated by the BBC Monitoring Service.

Speaking during a studio interview on One Plus One TV on 14 March, Tymoshenko said, "It seems to me that while I was out of Kiev for half a day, the criminal authorities have somehow confused Viktor Andriyovych`s [Yushchenko] plans again and tried to draw him once more onto a road without an end.

I am convinced that neither Yanukovych nor the parliamentary majority will change their absolutely anti-Ukrainian intentions, or their social policy." Tymoshenko said she wanted to meet Yushchenko and hear his position first hand.

She also said that regardless of the position of the president and his Our Ukraine bloc, her force would continue to push the ruling coalition to fulfill the united opposition`s 17-point ultimatum, which was approved by the president earlier this week.

"Our strategic plans for defending Ukraine and defending the people are unchanged, and whatever the format we have to do this in - in a coalition or opposition forces or independently - we will do it," she said.

This news was monitored by the Action Ukraine Monitoring Service for the Action Ukraine Report (AUR), Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer, Editor.

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