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Ukraine’s opposition ready for talks with authorities in case of protesters’ approval

December 12, 2013, 15:16 UTC+3
Ukrainian President promised that he would personally take part in a “round table”
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KIEV, December 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian opposition wouldn’t hold talks with the country’s authorities until it receives approval from the protesters rallying at the Independence Square in Kiev. This was stated on Thursday by one of the opposition’s leaders, head of parliamentary faction of the Batkivshchina party Arseny Yatsenyuk.

“We should receive a ‘mandate’ from the people to carry out negotiations. Talks with Yanukovich are possible only after we get an approval from the protesters,” Yatsenyuk said. He believes that the opposition’s demands started to be fulfilled, and the authorities understood that there is a need to hold talks. One of new demands made by the opposition is the resignation of Interior Ministry’s head Vitaly Zakharchenko.

However, the opposition hasn’t come to any final decision on the dialogue with authorities. Leader of the nationalist party Svoboda (“Freedom”) Oleg Tyagnibok believes that “any kind of decision on further steps including the possible talks with authorities without the consent of the rally’s participants and without the fulfillment of demands put forward before is impossible.”

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich urged “representatives of all political powers, priests and community leaders” to a nationwide dialogue. “In order to reach a compromise, I appeal to the opposition not to reject, not to wend the way of confrontation and ultimatums,” Yanukovich said. “I have repeatedly pointed out that the only possible way is the path of reconciliation and understanding. Actions of all parties must be carried out exclusively in concordance with laws and the Constitution of Ukraine.”

Ukrainian President promised that he would personally take part in a “round table”.

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