Friday, January 26, 2007

Sweet words..

Sweet words..from PM Yanukovych's presentation in Davos today:

"Our first unconditional priority - to strengthen the democratic achievements of the Ukrainian nation. Today Ukraine is one of the most developed democracies in the region, and we value this highly. I always welcome fair criticism from the press, healthy competition between the government and opposition, the existence of wise and active systems of checks and balances, which eliminate the possibility or usurpation and misuse [of power] by the authorities.

However Ukraine is in a state of transition from a presidential to a parliamentary-presidential republic, and existing legal ambiguities, unfortunately lead to the emergence of misunderstandings.

I want, quite openly to note that I do not understand what is the basis for periodic expressions of doubt expressed about the consistency or even sincerity of our politics regarding our European choice.

*Compare with my previous posting on PACE's report on Ukraine which was published yesterday.

2 comments:

R. Smith said...

I would be more likely to relate if he had said "I *do* understand expressions of doubt, but we'll prove them wrong".

Anonymous said...

"Ukraine is in a state of transition from a presidential to a parliamentary-presidential republic"

Obviously the PM did not mention that the above is being done by politicians and that the citizenry of Ukraine were not consulted at all. Where is the referendum about this?