Yushchenko spoke on celebrations of Franko anniversary

11:01, 28 August 2006
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President stated inviolable goals for Ukraine

The president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko took part in a solemn academy on occasion of 150-th Ivan Franc, which took place in the Lviv National opera, according to the President’s press-office.

The President said, Franko’s values remained “all-national and actual” to this day. "His life is permanent dialog with nation, not simple, heavy, critical, but lovely”, Mr. Yushchenko said.

The Head of State emphasized, during his life and creation process Ivan Franko avoided a fervor, and called Ukrainians to take an example from him. "A long ago it is needed to learn to talk about Ukraine in the practical key, without regret, without weeping, without jealousies and finishing telling, who`s greater Ukrainian", said Mr. Yushchenko.

In this context country`s Leader said the national understanding and consent was the mortgage of the Ukrainian prospect. “A power needs to study to respect nation, native word and people, work openly, to see a free journalist, independent judge.

To Ukrainians - to hear and see each other and not to refuse from even little his own part which is behind general standards. Such parts complete society”, - the President said.

Mr. Yushchenko quoted Ivan Franko, which wrote “our tyrants are in us”, cautioning Ukrainians from feeling of defeat and disappointment. “I do not want, that this state got on soil of present days”, the President said.

Victor Yushchenko said, a real threat for Ukraine lies in a humanitarian sphere and exactly against this danger Ukrainian nation must be consolidated.

The President also said, inviolable goals for Ukrainian state system are democracy, national identity, economic development and course to Europe. “Here are dogmas for Ukraine to stand on”, Mr. Yuschenko said.

Country`s Leader also stressed, a nation basis is a Ukrainian language, so the State must not hide from problems and develop modern linguistic strategy. Its requirements, according to Mr. Yushchenko, such: there is no alternative of the state status of Ukrainian language; it must become the language of accessible book, education, TV and cinema; the State must provide support of languages of national minorities through the system of education.

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