Tymoshenko, Yushchenko Settle all Disputable Issues

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and President Viktor Yushchenko have overcome all misunderstanding over the government’s work.

“I had a nice conversation with the president. We settled 99% of issues and planned our joint work in a way designed to remove all facts of disharmony in the work of the new authorities,” Tymoshenko told reporters after the Cabinet of Ministers meeting on Thursday.

“We want the society to feel that it can rely on us. Nothing can prevent us from doing our jobs even if meteorites start falling down from the sky,” the Ukrainian premier went on to say.

Tymoshenko explained that frictions inside her government had been prompted by the fact that “the change of the old guard to a new team was carried out instantly rather than in an evolutionary manner.”

The Ukrainian premier said that the government would hold a new meeting with the presence of President Viktor Yushchenko on June 1 to consider a bill “On the Cabinet of Ministers”.

“If we pass this bill, we will remove all the uncertainties concerning the distribution of powers between the branches of power,” Tymoshenko explained.

Ukrainian media outlets reported that the conflict between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko had become public after last week’s meeting with Russian oil dealers during which the president had allegedly asked Tymoshenko to resign. Witnesses claim that the row began after Tymoshenko fended off Yushchenko’s criticism that the government’s administrative measures in the oil market had produced a petrol crisis in Ukraine.

Source: ITAR-Tass