I know people are interested in the agreement that was reached and I watched the press conference on TV and heard the translation in English. Kuchma held out a piece of paper, said it was an agreement and that all parties had signed. I know lots of reports have it that it is some kind of agreement to have a new vote and that the terms for that vote and the legislation enabling it would be agreed to later.
But I heard another agreement to agree. Maybe I just didn’t get it all. (Kids have a tendency to demand attention at inopportune moments and this was one of them, of all times.) But the problem I have with it was that Yuschenko is telling everyone that they were waiting for the Court decision this week possibly tomorrow. Of course, that decision might mean any election is a moot question but it made it sound to me more like there was no serious decision.
And Yuschenko said that he had proposed December 21 as the date. That made it seem to me as if the date was not fixed and so maybe no real agreement had been reached. I guess they could hammer those things out in the further negotiations. But those negotiations seemed to be set to determine legislation only, though. Maybe some kind of constitutional provision to allow for that election? That would mean a firm agreement for an election.
The other thing that came out of it was that the buildings would no longer be blockaded. Would Yuschenko give that up for an agreement to agree? Maybe he’s not cutthroat enough for the negotiations?
Maybe I was influenced by the first agreement which was the establishment of a “framework.” Establishing a framework means “we haven’t been able to agree on anything and to make it look like there’s progress, we need to agree on something.” So they agree to a framework.
And seeing Solano there didn’t inspire much confidence in me that they had done anything. The EU has acted as it should in this and deserves the credit. They, along with the US, may have saved lives by paying attention and speaking up. But they do have this tendency to think that sitting down and talking will solve everything.
Or maybe it’s just me.
I don’t know, I’ll just have to read the agreement to see what it actually says. But right now I don’t think it was much of anything.