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Issue of Ukrainian govt’s responsibility to be included in agenda of parliament session

January 28, 2014, 3:38 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, January 28, 3:13 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and leaders of the irreconcilable opposition Vitaly Klichko, Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnybok have agreed to include the issue of responsibility of the cabinet led by Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov in the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada session that will be held later Tuesday, Justice Minister Yelena Lukash said after a four-hour-long meeting between Yanukovich and the oppositionists.

Discussion of the Azarov cabinet’s responsibility may entail a resignation of the latter - something the opposition is pressing for.

“As for a return to the Constitutional norms of 2004, the sides came to a conclusion on imperfection of the norms of law and the absence of blueprints of constitutional texts,” Lukash said. “Also, the sides discussed joint involvement in the constitutional reform and mandatory cooperation in this connection with European institutions.”

“Opposition leaders were told once again that support for radical actions, like seizures of buildings and blockades of roads, is inadmissible,” she said.

“Upon the outcome of the meeting, the sides arrived at a fundamental agreement on adopting the law on amnesty,” Lukash said. “The amnesty will take effect only if the protesters move out of all the buildings seized to date and unblock the road. Otherwise those who have been detained cannot be amnestied.”

“Also, a political decision was taken to revoke the laws adopted by the Verkhovna Rada January 16, which sparked numerous debates,” she said. “The laws that don’t bring up any remarks will be endorsed by parliament again January 28.”

“Provisions of the law that will lose effect will be scrutinized by the parties to the talks together,” Lukash said.

She also told reporters that Arseny Yatsenyuk, the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party parliamentary faction, turned down president Viktor Yushchenko’s proposal to take the post of Prime Minister, she said. The talks will continue.

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