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Ukraine pres displeased with regional status of Russian language

August 07, 2012, 22:15 UTC+3

The law will be substantively reworked by late September

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KIEV, August 7 (Itar-Tass) —— Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich expressed dissatisfaction with the law parliament passed that grants a regional language status to the Russian language and other languages of national minorities. “Yanukovich subscribes to the view that the ‘language’ law in its present wording will be splitting society,” Anna German, the presidential aide, told Ukrainskaya Pravda online publication on Tuesday.

Yanukovich, in Crimea on Tuesday, discussed the situation with the “language question” with representatives of the intelligentsia. The presidential press service has not yet reported the results of the meeting.

The presidential aide said Yanukovich “suggested to make substantive amendments to the law and to adopt the state purpose-oriented program of the development of the Ukrainian language as the state language”. She said the president also proposed setting up a supervisory council to follow the Ukrainian language’s development.

The law will be substantively reworked by late September, she assured.

Vladimir Litvin, the speaker of the Supreme Rada (parliament), signed the law On the Basic Principles of the State Language Policy last week. Litvin signed it despite the fact that he had stated more than once it is impermissible that the document passed with gross violation of law should go into effect. The parliamentary speaker sent his resignation in protest, but the deputies have not accepted it.

The law was referred to the president for signing. Analysts believe Yakukovich will not delay with signing the document.

The law On the Basic Principles of the State Language Policy ensures the preservation of the status of the Ukrainian language as the only state language while broadening the rights of languages of national minorities. The document provides that a special status will be granted to the language of the national minority in a region where this minority makes up over ten percent of the population. The Russian language may become regional language in 13 out of the 27 administrative territorial entities of Ukraine.


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