"Ukrainska Pravda" today reveals that the European People's Party, the "largest European-level party on the continent", have been trying for some time to act as peacemaker between president Yushchenko and premier Tymoshenko.
EPP president, Wilfried Martens has even suggested assembling a heavyweight crew comprising former British PM Tony Blair, former Spanish PM Jose Maria Asnar, and former Polish president Alexander Kwasniewski to help bring Yush and Yulka together into some kind of working relationship again. Yushchenko has been against the idea all along, whilst Tymoshenko has been agreeable.
Maybe its because just over a year ago, Martens, at a meeting with Yushchenko, [according to the UP article], blamed the president's secretariat of criminal acts against the Tymoshenko government. Martens allegedly declared: "Mr Baloha is a criminal!" To which Yushchenko apparently replied, "Look into my eyes! Do you consider these to be the eyes of a criminal?" "No, you are not a criminal - but the head of your secretariat is!" continued Martens.
"Financial Times" reports that the Yulia Tymoshenko government had unilaterally adopted initiatives needed to unlock an International Monetary Fund loan after MPs failed to adopt the required conditions in parliament.
It seems that the IMF Ukrainian mission head was OK with this, but, NUNS deputy, Ksenya Lyapina, who is one of Yushchenko's closest confidantes, says lawsuits against the cabinet from entrepreneurs will follow and the resolutions will be eventually cancelled by the cabinet.
* From an English nursery rhyme about a character normally portrayed as an egg sitting on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses,
And all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again