Saturday, September 23, 2006

Our Ukraine rejects offer by Yulia Timoshenko

Invitation to Our Ukraine to join former Orange Coalition partner in Opposition

Ukraine needs a strong opposition if it is to hold the new Government to account.

The offer by Yulia Timoshenko for Our Ukraine to join the opposition was a good tactical move as it shows up Our Ukraine for what they are. Meanwhile Our Ukraine continues to hold out hope that it might join the governing coalition. Negotiations are proceeding as Our Ukraine's 10 day deadline approaches.

"It is better to be a dog inside and well feed then a dog stuck out in the cold. Pavlov's dog continues to bark at the door hoping to be let inside."

Our Ukraine bloc has no intention to team up with Timoshenko
Source: ITAR-TASS September 22, 2006

KIEV, September 22 (Itar-Tass) -- The just-created inter-factional opposition association in the Ukrainian parliament has incorporated only part of the Yulia Timoshenko faction and two Socialists.

"There is not a single deputy from the Our Ukraine faction," a member of Our Ukraine faction, Boris Bespaly, said after Yulia Timoshenko claimed most of Our Ukraine members would side with the Opposition.

"If Our Ukraine receives any proposals on that score, we shall consider them, just as any other proposals. So far there have been no such steps by Yulia Vladimirovna, although she has systematically predicted the emergence of a powerful opposition in parliament uniting Our Ukraine and her own bloc."

Bespaly said he has no confirmation any of Our Ukraine's members have taken part in talks with Timoshenko.

"There is the objective reality. Everything else is either daydreaming or fantasies by Yulia Vladimirovna and her entourage," Bespaly said.


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Transdnestr separatists a cause for concern as division of language and ethnicity continue knocking at Ukraine door

In what is shaping up to be another hot spot. The residents of Moldova's Transdnestr region Sunday votes overwhelming for succession and independence from Moldova. Whilst the World Government's refuse to recognise the ballot the fact still remains that a large section of Moldova's population does not wish to remain under Moldovan rule.

The President of Ukraine also has rejected the referendum as being valid.

There is no quick solution to this problem.

Ukraine also faces the potential of separatist movements building momentum if divisions are not resolved.

The election of Party of Region's Viktor Yanakovich as Prime Minister has dampened for the time being calls for Ukraine to divide into a lose federation of autonomous republics. Crimea is already an autonomous republic and there and those that recommend the creation of additional autonomous regions.

The Hungarian community on Western Ukraine, carved off from Hungary as party of the divisions following the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian empire after the first and second world wars, have long held the belief that they should be re-united with Hungary. They speak Hungarian and they even set their clocks to Hungarian time. Most of this regions supported Yushchenko's election on the hope that by joining the EU they will be re-united. However during the March parliamentary elections the Hungarian did not support Our Ukraine with their vote split amongst various candidates. All who were part of the Hungarian alliance be it from different directions. Should they be allowed to form an autonomous republic and choose Hungarian as their official language?

Many of the problems related to ethnicity stem from the first and second world war. I do not claim to have the answer other then to give them more autonomy. Burying your head in the sand and hoping it will go away will not resolve this problem.

Transdnestr for independence, union with Russia - referendum

Source:RIA Novosti September 18

TIRASPOL, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - The vast majority of the population of Transdnestr, a self-proclaimed republic in Moldova, voted Sunday for independence and future accession to Russia, the central election committee said Monday.

Transdnestr held a referendum to decide whether it should continue seeking independence and union with Russia. No public disturbances were registered at the polls, a Transdnestr government official earlier said.

More than 389,000 registered voters were asked to answer two questions -- whether they want the Transdnestr Region's independence from Moldova and its subsequent union with Russia, or whether they believe the region should become part of Moldova.

The election committee said 78.6% of voters participated in the referendum. According to preliminary results, 97.1% of voters cast their ballots in favor of independence and union with Russia.

More than 130 international observers participated in monitoring the Sunday referendum in the breakaway republic. They said they did not register any procedural violations during the secret balloting.

Commenting on the preliminary results of the Transdnestr referendum, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament said Monday that the population of the self-proclaimed republic voted for future union with Russia in hopes of resolving the long-running conflict with Moldova as soon as possible.

"The referendum in Transdnestr, conducted in conditions of political instability and economic blockade, became a form of expression of public will, which reflects the desire of the population to live in stability and predictability," Sergei Mironov said.

Transdnestr, which has a predominantly Russian-speaking population, proclaimed its independence from Moldova in the early 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Armed clashes between Moldova and Transdnestr ensued, and Russia has retained a military presence in the breakaway region ever since.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

President under review

Proposals to reform the office of the Ukraine's Head of State

Office of the President under review.

Ukraine's Communist Party propose to abolition of the post of President. Whilst the communist party, which represent less then 5% of Ukraine, proposal is unlikely to receive the necessary support and the statutory majority required to abolish the President's position the issue surrounding the role and function of the office of president will continue to be under review.

Ukraine is now a parliamentary democracy. Government is no longer by presidential decree but the responsibility of the elected parliamentary representatives. This is a positive step in Ukraine's democratic evolution.

Whilst supporters of the currently president would like to see the president have absolute power. I am sure supporters of the president would be the first to call for reform if someone else other then their nominee held the post of president.

Presidents come and presidents go. Constitutional reform should be based on particular outcomes. Any changes to the constitution should provide fair and democratic representation.

The first issue that must be resolve is the need to hold direct presidential elections. The cost alone, estimated to be in excess of 600 Million Dollars, of holding multiple ballots can not be justified.

Proposals worthy of further consideration include the method of selecting and appointing the person to hold the office of president. It would be perfectly acceptable for the parliament to consider and nominate the president with the requirement any nomination be supported by a statutory 2/3rds majority of the elected Parliament. This could also be balanced out by allowing the judiciary the right to also vote on any nominee of the parliament.

If the president is to continue to be appointed by direct election in a plebiscite then consideration should be given to the adoption of preferential voting and a single ballot as opposed to the current multiple two stage ballot system.

Preferential voting would produce the same result without the cost and need to hold two or more ballots. Voters would rank candidates in order of preference 1,2,3, etc. the vote would be counted according to voters allocated first preference., Should a candidate not secure an absolute majority the candidate with the least vote would be excluded and their votes redistributed according to the voters allocated preference. This process continues until one candidate obtains over 50% of votes. No need for a second ballot or the associated campaign costs.

The benefits of a preferential voting system warrant further consideration

Communists move to abolish presidency in Ukraine

RAI News 16:5315/ 09/ 2006

KIEV, September 15 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's Communist Party intends to propose in parliament abolishing the presidency on the grounds that it has proved ineffective, the party's press service said Friday.

"The Communist faction will propose abolishing the post of president, which does not correspond to the nation's centuries-long democratic traditions and has hampered state development," leader Petro Symonenko said Friday.

Symonenko said the presidential form of government had proved to be totally ineffective and even harmful in the recent period of Ukraine's modern history. He said a parliamentary republic was the most appropriate option for Ukraine.

"Political reform gave people's deputies the right to form governments, define policies and control government activities with regard to popular vote results," Symonenko said.

Communists have 21 seats in the 450-seat Supreme Rada and are part of the anti-crisis coalition formed in June, along with the Party of Regions, the largest grouping in parliament, and the Socialist Party.

They all signed the national unity pact, proposed by President Viktor Yushchenko, with Our Ukraine group, ending four months of political crisis that followed the March parliamentary elections in the country.

The pro-presidential Our Ukraine faction has been engaged in consultations with the three parties on the possibility of expanding the coalition.

But friction has persisted between the political forces as Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who is also the leader of pro-Russia Party of Regions, moved to downplay Ukraine's plans to join NATO in Brussels earlier this week, thereby violating the national unity pact.

Western-leaning President Yushchenko has made NATO membership a priority since coming to power following a popular uprising in 2004, but he has met with strong opposition on the issue from pro-Russian political forces and the population at large.


Losing face

Viktor Yushchenko speaks out having lost power and public support

Viktor Yushchenko, having lost public support and the parliamentary election, under pressure from his masters now finds the need to speak out and criticize the newly formed government for not agreeing his policies. ( September 16, 2006) copy below.
In making his comments Victor Yushchenko also insisted that "the formation of a parliamentary coalition should be faster".
Where was the Viktor Yushchenko during the negotiations for the formation of an Orange coalition. Instead of constantly travelling abroad he should have been in Ukraine providing assistance and direction to his own party and their team of negotiators.
The delays caused by Our Ukraine not supporting Yulia Tymoshenko and the Socialist Party, their persistent undermining of the formation of an "Orange" governing coalition did not go unnoticed.
Yulia Tymoshenko and Olexander Moroz both had cause to publicly call on the President as leader of Our Ukraine to bring them to the table and honour the election commitments and unity of the "Orange Revolution" pact. He failed to do so, allowing negotiations to linger on and eventually collapse.
Having gave up the opportunity to form an Orange coalition, share power and responsibility with their coalition partners, and the opportunity to hold positions of major economic portfolios and influence Our Ukraine instead continued to delay. Delaying to a point where Ukraine was facing a major political and constitutional crisis.
A point when the socialist party, an orange coalition member could no longer maintain confidence or faith in the intentions of Our Ukraine to deliver on their commitments. Time was running out and something had to break.
Our Ukraine themselves were reported in the media as also negotiating with Party of Regions, at the same time it was negotiating with Yulia Tymoshenko and the Socialists parties, about the possibility of the formation of a broader governing coalition. They were even offered the role of Prime Minister at one stage.
As it turned out the Socialists, faced with the pending crisis and in the interest of Ukraine as a whole, acted according to their conscience and agreed to form the anti-crisis coalition and appoint a working democratic parliamentary government with Party of Regions and the Communist party.
The President's party "Our Ukraine" having failed to successfully negotiate the formation of a coalition in which they were a contributing member is now facing reality and consequences of their actions..
Ukraine's membership of NATO has been rejected, damages to the relationship with its neighbour Russia have began to be repaired as Ukraine moves forward.
The President should look closer at home and call on his own party to hold those within responsible for the decline of his party and his personal support.
The government and Party of Regions has been given a mandate and an opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past, they have a second chance it is up to them to do what Yushchenko failed to do, to win public support, unite Ukraine and provide stable responsible government. Come 2009 (or possible earlier) the President will face the electorate and they will then decide who is best to lead the country. Yushchenko has along way to go to regain the support and public confidence that he once enjoyed.

President of Ukraine criticised the new Cabinet

In a five-hour conversation with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, Victor Yushchenko has voiced his concern over several steps taken by the new government and said the Cabinet must observe the National Unity Pact in its work.

“I invited the prime minister to give him my first political warning about some things certain government executives do, violating the [National Unity] Pact and stabilization agreements. Our meeting resulted in a joint plan of correcting such tendencies,” he told reporters at a mass media briefing on Friday.

He is convinced the National Unity Pact “gave all the political forces keys to implement these major political, economic and humanitarian tasks.” As President of Ukraine, he will thereby spare no effort to make sure that the key principles of this document – among them the unitary form of government, language policy and Euro-Atlantic integration – are secured not only as “common political agreements reached at the phase of finding political compromises and resolving the parliamentary crisis but also used as an action plan by the new Ukrainian government.”

President Yushchenko and PM Yanukovych spoke about some dangerous social and economic tendencies, nontransparent and often inexpedient dismissals and appointments, delays in the formation of a broad parliamentary coalition, violations of the rights of the opposition and attempts to revise Ukraine’s foreign policy, the president press office informed.

“Disregarding the law, the plan to raise the minimum wage on December 1, 2006, has been put off although the country has enough resources this year. This is a dubious and unnecessary revision of budget policy,” he said, adding that VAT reimbursement and tax pressure considerably complicated the dialogue between the government and businessmen.

“The 2007 draft budget has no signs of tax reduction whatsoever,” he said, claiming such a move could have helped legalize the economy.

The President also censured the Tax Administration for being apparently unfair in VAT reimbursement and said he had authorized Prosecutor General Medvedko to study the situation within ten days and “develop a mechanism of monitoring which would make it impossible to carry out such policies in the future.”

Victor Yushchenko also insisted that the formation of a parliamentary coalition should be faster.

“The healthy part of Ukraine’s political forces must understand one thing: given the constitutional changes, which were passed hastily, political forces and government should take responsibility for many economic, humanitarian, and social issues,” he said. “I urge all those who take part in the formation of positions of this or that parliamentary faction to accelerate this process.”

The President and the premier also spoke about the inexpedience of putting pressure on deputies. Yushchenko said the revival of the practice of forcing parliamentarians to join the majority perverted the March 26 poll results.

“I would like to wish the deputies to be responsible for their voters and positions they defended during the campaign and to face all attacks bravely […],” he said. “I clearly demand that the rights of the opposition should be protected and observed so that they can control the government…”

He characterized the prime minister’s attempt to revise Ukraine’s foreign policy as unacceptable and reiterated that the country’s course to join the European Union and NATO would not change.

Victor Yushchenko also said it was vital to pass bills based on the principles of the National Unity Pact and his anti-corruption laws.

The President is soon going to convene the National Security and Defense Council to discuss all these issues.


President in denial

Viktor Yushchenko rejects Prime-Minsiter's statement that public opinon in Ukraine is opposed NATO membership

The BBC continues to display an inherent bias in its reporting on Ukraine.

Prior to the "Orange revolution I recall reports from the Kyiv office that the then Ukrainian Government were scrambling broadcast of the BBC in order to prevent access to news. What was strange about this report is that I was watching the BBC at the time of these allegations and had been watching the BBC for the preceding three days as I worked from home. I was in Ukraine at the time.

Ukraine's President, Viktor Yushchenko, statement that Ukraine's Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych's belief that public opinion opposed the move was "wrong" certainly must be questioned. Public polling has shown consistently that a majority of Ukrainians do not support or are opposed to Ukraine joining NATO. Ukraine's membership of NATO featured prominently during the march 2006 election campaign with most parties and candidates opposed to Ukraine joining NATO. Even amongst supporters of Our Ukraine and Yulia Tymoshchenko there is strong opposition to NATO membership.

NATO membership effectively is the Presidents agenda not that of the government or the Ukrainian people.

There are calls within and without Ukraine for NATO to be reformed. The European Union should abandon NATO in favour of an independent European Security Organisation. This proposed new association would maintain alliances with other nations including the United States but would remain independent and non beholden to the United States and other countries.

Ukraine, likewise, should continue to maintain an associate relationship with NATO and only consider joining NATO if and when Ukraine joins the European Union.

Ukraine according to its constitution is an Independent Nation.

The suggestion that "Mr Yanukovych was named Prime minister in August by his Mr Yushchenko, on condition that he followed his pro-Western agenda." is also extrordinary. Ukraine is an independent Parlaimentary Democracy, teh appointment of priminister is the detrmination of the Ukrainain Parliament and not as an agent or puppert of the President. The President's role in approving the appointment of Parliament's nomination is a formality only. Consitutional Game plays of this kind only serve to undermine Ukraine's democractic development bring the Office of President into confict with the elected Parliament.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has criticised new Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych for suggesting Kiev was not ready to join Nato.

The president said Mr Yanukovych's belief that public opinion opposed the move was "wrong, does not meet national interests and must be corrected".

His prime minister called for "a pause" on Thursday after talks with top Nato and EU officials in Brussels.

Mr Yushchenko has pushed for membership of Nato following his election in 2005.

Mr Yanukovych was named PM in August by his arch-rival Mr Yushchenko, on condition that he followed his pro-Western agenda.

The move capped a dramatic comeback for Mr Yanukovych, who was ousted in Mr Yushchenko's "Orange Revolution" in 2004.


Mr Yushchenko told reporters his government had to abide by his stance of integration with Western institutions as the "foundation, the credo for foreign policy".

The comments came a day after Mr Yanukovych said full Nato membership had only limited support among Ukrainians, on his first visit to Brussels as prime minister.

He said Kiev was taking a pause "because of the political situation in Ukraine".

"But the time will come when a decision will be made... For the time being we are looking at enlargement of our co-operation with Nato," he said.

Opposition to Nato membership is particularly strong in eastern and southern Ukraine - the electoral strongholds of Mr Yanukovych's party.

Russia has also voiced strong opposition to Ukraine joining Nato.

Kiev had earlier expressed hopes of joining the world's biggest defence alliance in 2008.

EU hopes

At the same time, Mr Yanukovych said Ukraine would continue reforms aimed at bringing the country closer to the EU.

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the 25-member bloc had no plans to offer Kiev membership "at this moment".

Instead, she suggested the two sides negotiate what was described as an enhanced agreement that would include a free trade pact.

Mr Yanukovych - who favours closer ties with Russia - was initially declared the victor in the 2004 presidential polls, but the result was then annulled by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the vote was fraudulent.

Mr Yushchenko was elected president in the re-run of the second round ordered by the court.

In March, Mr Yanukovych's Party of Regions polled the most votes in parliamentary elections, but failed to secure a majority.


Friday, September 15, 2006

Our Ukraine at the cross roads overlooking the ravine

Do they cross the rope bidge, turn back or jump

As Our Ukraine deliberate over the next 10 days many commentators and interested parties will be making their voice heard. The anti-crisis coalition is fragile and the numbers tight (Although every day more and more oranges are falling off the tree, some sour, some sweet)

Our Ukraine has three choices facing them. They can join the governing coalition and drive from within. They could join the opposition and without compromises criticize from outside and hope they will stumble and fall over. Or they can divide and become a squabbling mess and face political oblivion. They are at the cross roads standing on a pinnacle over looking the ravine. Do they cross the Rope Bridge, turn back or jump?

If they join the coalition they have obligations and a duty to play ball, they will lose public support for their actions and as second fiddle in the orchestra will find it hard to get recognition unless they perform loud and clear.

They could play the role of poison pen pal from within and when the time is right cut the ropes and collapse.

They could remain independent and once again join forces with Yulia Tymoshenko and bide their time hoping the fragile coalition will falter.

Or they could divide and become irrelevant and without any power of future prospects.

The first option has a possible future, the second maybe the third no way.

Governments are at their best when they are held accountable. If Yanukovich can steer clear of controversy and corruption (Some say that will be impossible) and maintain a steady course and economic growth then he will grow in strength and popularity having proved himself. It is difficult to know if he will want to stand for the President role in 2009 (or earlier) as true power now lies with the Parliament and the Prime Minister. Time will tell and Ukrainian politics is anything but dull, anything can and will happen. Stay tuned.

Mykola Katerynchuk on prospects of broad coalition
Source: September 15, 2006

In his interview to Hazeta Po-Ukrainsky (Newspaper in Ukrainian), Mykola Katerynchuk voiced an opinion that if the OU Bloc joins the broad coalition it will not be able to influence on the Cabinet’s work.

According to Katerynchuk, if the position of the deputies who have mantained their political integrity will be destroyed, they will be left with nothing. They will become the spent fuel of politics and will be totally subservient to the majority.

The deputy predicted that if they join the wide coalition the deputies will surrender their ideals and will simply become cogs in a 300 vote machine to rubber stamp questions like second langugelarge privatisation, Ukrzaliznytsa sale, sea ports etc.”

Katerynchuk is convinced that PM Yanukovich will not be a guarantor of democratic changes in Ukraine and in the business.

Katerynchuk revealed that he was genuinely sorry for SPU leader Tsushko who hangs his head in shame, unable to look people in the eye are he parrots phrases he himself doesn't believe. A shame as he used to be a strong man in opposition.

In closing, Katerynchuk said the main problem which caused the current situation was the inablilty of the Orange Forces to run on a united single ballot in the last election. We would have no problems now as we would have pulled 60%.


NATO on Hold

NATO Membership is not a priority of the govenment with only 12-25% support

Ukrainian Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, shafts Ukraine President's NATO ambitions. "NATO Membership is not Ukraine's main stategic priority".

Opinion polls show that most Ukrainian's oppose NATO membership with support hovering between 12% to 25%.

Viktor Yanukovych told senior officials that his coalition government would continue reforms meant to bring it closer to the rest of Europe.

Ukraine Says NATO Membership on Hold
By CONSTANT BRAND, Associated Press Writer
9:51 AM PDT, September 14, 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych told NATO on Thursday that he was putting moves toward membership in the alliance on hold, but he said the former Soviet republic still wanted to join the European Union.

"Joining NATO is a matter of time. Currently, there is still no support for this issue in the Ukrainian society," Yanukovych said after talks at NATO headquarters. "The support has decreased over the past two years."

Ukraine's previous, pro-Western government had hoped NATO would give the country a plan preparing the way for membership at a summit in November and was hopeful it could get an invitation to join as early as 2008.

Yanukovych, on his first visit since the March parliamentary elections returned him to the premiership, said eventual NATO membership would have to be submitted to a referendum, but that such a vote could only be held after Ukraine had undergone economic and political reforms.

Yanukovych and President Viktor Yushchenko have sparred over future ties with NATO. After Yanukovych declared last month that Ukraine would not launch its bid for membership at the November summit, Yushchenko suggested the country would not "veer one iota" from its plan to join.

Under Ukraine's constitution, the president is in charge of foreign policy, but on a question such as NATO membership he would need the support of the prime minister and government. Yushchenko has assented to the idea of a referendum on the issue.

"Membership of NATO will be the subject of ... a national referendum," Yanukovych told reporters, adding that the previous government had done a poor job of selling NATO, keeping in place old Cold War stereotypes.

He said that Russia would remain a key partner for Kiev, saying Moscow remained one of Ukraine's "strategic interests." He added that his country could act as a bridge between the EU and Russia "through which greater cooperation and closer partnership can be achieved."

During his stop at EU headquarters, Yanukovych told senior officials that his coalition government would continue reforms meant to bring it closer to the rest of Europe.

"We have the firm intention to have excellent relations with the EU and a stable relationship, which will bring us in the long term to accession of the European Union," he said after a breakfast meeting with EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

The EU commissioner, however, said the 25-nation bloc at this time had no plans to offer Kiev membership, and instead suggested the two negotiate a new so-called enhanced agreement that would include a free trade pact -- but only after Kiev joins the World Trade Organization.

"At this moment clearly there is no membership perspective," Ferrero-Waldner said.

Yanukovych, who returned to office as prime minister in this year's parliamentary elections, said few Ukrainians -- maybe 12 percent to 25 percent -- supported the idea of joining NATO. "For the time being we are looking at the enlargement of our cooperation with NATO," he said.

Opinion polls show that most Ukrainians oppose alliance membership; many are distrustful of their former Cold War foe, while others fear membership would irretrievably harm relations with Russia while bringing little significant benefit.

Opposition to NATO membership is particularly strong in eastern and southern Ukraine, where Yanukovych draws most of his support.

The visit was the first chance by Brussels to test Yanukovych, whose fraud-marred attempt to win the Ukrainian presidency in 2004 sparked the Orange Revolution protests.

His campaign in that election was strongly supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his ultimate defeat by the pro-Western Yushchenko was seen as not only a crushing loss for Yanukovych but also as a humiliation for the Kremlin.

Yanukovych rebounded less than two years later to lead his center-right party to victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections, and went on to form a governing coalition that includes the Socialist Party and the Communists.

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Associated Press writer Paul Ames contributed to this report from NATO headquarters in Brussels.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Time out

As Our Ukraine delivers ultimatum repeating mistakes of the past

Hours after Our Ukraine lays down its ultimatum and sets a 10 day deadline for the formation of a broad coalition the working group on the formation of the new coalition takes time out. This looks like a repeat of events surrounding the failed negotiations of the formation of an Orange coalition.

At first our Ukriane tried to torpedo Yulia Tymosheko's reapppiontment as prime minister.

When public opinion and internal forces backed Yulia Tymoshenko. Our Ukraine then attacked Olexander Moroz, Socialist Party of Ukraine, and challenged him for the job of Parliaments speaker. Our Ukraine already held the position of President which it only won with the support of its Orange coalition partners.

Instead of agreeing to share responsibilities in partnership and accepting responsibility for major economic portfolios Our Ukraine continued to chart a course of pending disaster. Ukraine was facing a major political and constitutional crisis as a result of Our Ukraine's refusal to compromise.

In the end negotiations failed and Orange coalition turned sour. Time was running out and Olexander Moroz having lost confidence in Our Ukraine's in ability to reach agreement decided to act and supported the formation of the anti-crisis coalition. Our Ukraine played their cards to the very end where they eventually lost the game.

In ten days time if there is no agreement then Our Ukraine will hopefully make a positive contribution as members of the opposition. Come 2009 Our Ukraine may not exist in the future.

Thursday, September 14 2006

The working group on broad coalition formation has taken a time-out, Yevhen Kushanryov informed on Thursday.

“We asked for few days for examining a new reduction of the coalition agreement. Then we will be ready to launch talks and keep negotiating,” said Kusharyov.

Responding to Matvienko’s statement, Kushnaryov responded: “Pressure of any kind and acceleration may destroy the negotiation process.”

According to Kushnaryov, the talks will be continued when communists and socialists will be ready to do it. “Probably this week, we will return to the talks,” mentioned Kushnaryov.

He opined that the President of Ukraine and the Our Ukraine Party should admit that fact of other part of Ukraine’s existence.

Source: ForUm


Our Ukraine set deadline for new coalition

Countdown to oblivion


Our Ukraine makes ultimatum as ten day count down commences:

Anatoly Matvienko Our Ukraine spokesperson declares "Ten days is enough time to if no agreement reached ... It will prove that there is no word in the politics but only absolutely opportunistic approach and profit-making policy"

This looks more like an escape clause and more hypocrisy..

Our Ukraine could not form, or to be more precise would not agree to form an Orange coalition after three 3 months of negotiations.

As a result of Our Ukraine's actions the anti-crisis coalition was formed with Olexander Moroz, Socialist Party of Ukraine, taking direct action to avoid a major political and constitutional crisis.

Our Ukraine do not deserve trust or respect. Forget them if they want to join they will if not get on with the role of governing and repairing the divisions and damage generated by Our Ukraine.

Let the dog sleep outside, Their betrayal and lust for power will after time for reflection help them in opposition.

They had their chance to form government and failed to act preferring to undermine the creation of a Parliamentary democracy in the hope of creating a crisis and grounds for the President of Ukraine to rule by decree.

Our Ukraine is serious divided with half of the Our Ukraine block supporting the formation of a broad coalition. Division and disunity of a sure fire recipe for disaster, Our Ukraine runs a serious risk of sinking into oblivion along with the Orange revolution which lies left rotting on the orchids floor.

Thursday, September 14 2006

The pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc said Thursday it has given the Party of Regions 10 days to decide on forming a new coalition in parliament.

A parliamentary anti-crisis coalition, formed in June and comprising the Party of Regions, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party, has for the past two weeks been engaged in intensive consultations with Our Ukraine on the possibility of expanding the grand coalition.

In August, the parties signed a national unity agreement on key policy areas. But outstanding differences on some of its provisions prevented them from forming a common political platform in the Supreme Rada.

"Ten days is the maximum time within which members of the anti-crisis coalition can make up their minds," said Anatoliy Matviyenko, a member of the Our Ukraine parliamentary faction.

The pro-presidential bloc warned that otherwise it would move to the opposition.

"If this is not done, it will mean intentional retreat from the national unity agreement, and then we will have to switch to the opposition," Matviyenko said.

He said the six political forces comprising the bloc "are ready to search for a compromise, but we cannot violate fundamental positions on the pro-European choice, European integration, the EU, and the language policy."

Source: RIA Novosti


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More Oranges fall from the tree

Three more defections from the Orange orchid opt for ruling coalition receipe

Wednesday, September 13 2006

Ukraine's opposition took a blow Wednesday when it was announced that three members of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc were leaving its parliamentary faction for the ruling coalition.

The number of seats now held by the grouping led by ex-premier Tymoshenko, who promised in August to form a radical opposition to arch rival Viktor Yanukovych's government, has now fallen to 126.

At the opening of Wednesday's parliamentary session, Oleksandr Moroz read the statements submitted by Maxim Lutskoy, Inessa Vershinina and Dmytro Kryuchkov announcing their decision to join the anti-crisis coalition, which comprises the Yanukovych's Party of Regions, the Socialists, the Communists and some members of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc.
Tymoshenko, a charismatic leader of the 2004 "orange revolution" that swept Viktor

Yushchenko to the presidency and saw her installed as his first prime minister, has repeatedly claimed that her political opponents in parliament have attempted to bribe members of her faction into changing the sides. She has failed to provide concrete evidence to support her allegations.

The Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, which won 129 seats in the 450-member Supreme Rada during the March 26 elections, was the leading force in the first parliamentary coalition to emerge after the elections, but the alliance collapsed when the Socialists defected to join the Party of Regions.

Source: RIA Novosti


Monday, September 04, 2006

To govern or not to govern

Our Ukraine face divison as calls for Our Ukraine to support the formation of a broad governing coalition increase

Our Ukraine are facing a crisis of their own and face a very bleak future amidst concerns that division within its ranks. Reports that half of Our Ukraine members support the the formation of an alliance with party of Regions and the formation of a grand governing coalition.

If Our Ukraine do not re-invent themselves Viktor Yushchenko's future is looking more and more like a one term wonder.

Already his moral authority has been reduced to the barest minimal.

Our Ukraine had its opportunity but with all its game play it has squandered much of the good will that once was afforded them. The Party is over and its members know it. They are accused of being traitors and continue to be the focus blame for the loss of public faith.

( - September 4, 2006

Zaporizhzhya Governor Chervonenko on the Our Ukraine Party's prospects

Yevhen Chervonenko Zaporizhzhya Governor and the Our Ukraine Political Council member has subjected to criticism the future of his party.

“I remain a member of the OU Political Council but I have no illusions regarding its coming future,” said he in his interview to Izvestia in Ukraine daily.

“If Our Ukraine Party does not change the situation existing now – few people pass decisions and submit them for ‘approval’ to the Political Council – such party will have no future,” stated Chervonenko.

According to his belief, “an abscess” of Our Ukraine reached the crisis point long time ago. “In the nearest time we will hold a session where the issue of OU further existence will be addressed,” added Chervonenko.

Touching the issue on possible the OU joining the broad coalition, Chervonenko stressed that the agreement with the Party of Regions should be inked earlier when the conditions were more preferable for the OU.

He also emphasised that the National Unity Universal consists the principles of the further democratic development of Ukraine.

“I wish it were implemented by the parties which had ratified it. However, nobody can be sure in the country where to betray means to foresee,” concluded Zaporizhzhya Governor Chervonenko.