KIEV, January 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian opposition is insisting that the country’s president personally participate in talks to settle the internal political crisis, Vitaly Klitschko, leader of the oppositionist UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms) party, said on Monday.
“It is reasonable to talk only with people who are in a position to make decisions and are responsible for their implementation. That is why President Viktor Yanukovich must participate in the negotiations,” Klitschko emphasized.
“This is the only way to end the standoff without the conflict’s further escalation,” Klitschko said.
Viktor Yanukovich told Ukraine’s Security Council Secretary Andrei Klyuyev to create a crisis-settlement task group out of cabinet ministers and representatives of presidential administration.
According to Klitschko, Yanukovich has promised to meet with the opposition leaders on Monday. However, Anna German, a deputy from the ruling Party of Regions faction in the Ukrainian parliament, said that the first meeting of the working group and the opposition would take place later on Monday without the Ukrainian head of state.
In his address to the protesters, the leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the opposition’s action plan for the near future.
Besides, new laws introduce punishment for negation of crimes committed by fascists and prosecution for the destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers. They also provide for additional measures to protect judges.
“Verkhovna Rada (parliament) lost its legitimacy after that vote,” Yatsenyuk said.
“That is why we should create our own People’s Rada (parliament) out of opposition representatives,” Yatsenyuk said.
In addition, the opposition intends to stage a public vote for the Ukrainian president’s resignation and work out a new constitution for Ukraine.
For his part, Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) party, said that the opposition did not recognize and would not implement the bills which had been adopted by parliament on January 16 and which were signed by the Ukrainian president and were going to sabotage them.
The opposition also called for creating municipal militia for people’s self-defense and staging a public vote for the elections of the mayor of Kiev and members of the Moscow city council.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has initiated criminal proceedings against some opposition protesters for breaking law and order and attacking and hurting law enforcers, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s press service said.