President Victor Yushchenko on Thursday met with Yuriy Lutsenko (People’s Self-Defense) and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (Our Ukraine) on June 28, according to the President`s press-office.

The two democratic leaders told the president their political forces were going to create a bloc to vie for seats in parliament at early elections in September and later found a party.

Following the meeting, Kyrylenko and Lutsenko signed a Declaration on the Unification of Democratic Forces to officially declare their intentions.

Kyrylenko later told reporters: “We think that this decision is a weighty argument for other democratic and patriotic forces to join the process of creating a big bloc. We believe that the unity of all the democratic forces will be crucial during the upcoming campaign.”

Lutsenko said they had agreed to “lay the foundation for unity in Ukraine’s democratic traditions.” “This document opens the door for all the other democratic parties, which should also learn lessons from their disagreements, leading to their defeats, and join our process to unite into a powerful democratic force.”