Yushchenko Does Not Want To Share Coalition With Communists

KIEV, Ukraine -- New ruling coalition was almost formed in Ukraine yesterday. Party of Regions, Our Ukraine, Socialists, and Communists brought into line the final text of the “universal treaty on national unity” suggested by President Viktor Yushchenko.

BYuT leader Yulia Timoshenko and People's Deputy of Ukraine, Our Ukraine leader Roman Bessmertny before the round table of leaders of deputy factions with participation of the President of Ukraine.

Having agreed upon all controversial issues, politicians nearly reached agreement on forming new coalition. Yet, the president vetoed the document late in the evening. The talks go on.

Talks between leaders of political forces which want to join the ruling coalition lasted almost all day in Kiev. The round table continued since yesterday. Its participants were trying to agree upon the fundamental principles for the new coalition.

Yulia Timoshenko refused to join it, thus neither she, nor her followers took part in the discussion. However, members of Our Ukraine, the Party of Regions, Socialists, and Communists had enough differences between each other.

The most arguable point of the “universal treaty” is that of Ukraine’s ambition to join NATO. This point is fundamental for President Yushchenko, while all other parties of the anti-crisis coalition are against this idea. A compromise was eventually found: it was decided the issue should be solved by a referendum.

Another stumbling block was the issue of religion. The president has been dreaming for a long time of uniting all Christian Orthodox churches, subordinate both to Moscow’s and to Kiev’s patriarch. Almost all members of the round table confronted the idea of creating united Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The third controversial issue was that of the language. The Party of Regions and the Communists stand for making Russian a second national language. However, they decided to give up this condition during yesterday’s talks. The “universal treaty” says there can be only one national language, according to Ukrainian Constitution.

The worst stumbling block was the last point of the “universal treaty”, which says the parties are creating a new parliamentary coalition. This point is important for Our Ukraine because it needs to emphasize that it is creating a new alliance, and not joining the already existing Regional-Socialist-Communist union.

Another demand of Our Ukraine is to exclude the Communists from the coalition. The Party of Regions was completely against the idea, as well as the Communists themselves. Both parties insisted, and the Communists were allowed to remain in the coalition.

When all members of the round table were returning to the president, they were sure the matter is over and the coalition is created. Yushchenko, however, was dissatisfied with the edited text of the “universal treaty”. The politicians remained with the president till late evening. Apparently, the process will be finished as early as today.

Source: Kommersant

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