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KIEV, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities fulfilled all obligations that they had assumed, President Viktor Yanukovich said in an address to the nation on Thursday.
The text has been published on the president’s website.
“On my behalf I’ll lean to the people’s aspirations and needs by taking into account the mistakes that everyone makes. Mistakes are not made by those who do nothing. I believe that the joint efforts will help us ensure peace and calm in Ukraine,” he said.
“During the talks, we reached concrete agreements with the opposition. We fulfilled all obligations that the power had assumed,” the president said, adding “The parliament approved a law on amnesty that would free protesters and those who had been detained during the riots."
On Wednesday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill on amnesty to protesters detained during recent unrest, drafted by Party of Regions’ deputy Yuri Miroshnichenko. With 226 votes required to pass the draft law, 232 parliamentarians backed it.
The bill envisages a pardon for all people who took part in riots during mass anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine except for those who committed grave crimes. Under the document, protesters should vacate state institutions they seized in Kiev and other regions of the country within 15 days.
It is said in the bill that it takes effect on the day following the day of its publication, but begins to be applied on the day following the day the prosecutor general announces on the official website of the General Prosecutor’s office that participants in riots have taken a set of actions. This announcement by the prosecutor general will come only if protesters take the required steps within 15 days following the day the law takes effect.
“The passing of the law will make it possible to exempt from criminal responsibility and an administrative arrest participants in peaceful rallies, to prevent their persecution and punishment, as well as will create a legal framework for a free-will and peaceful settlement of existing internal conflicts and standoffs,” the explanatory note to the document said.
The bill was passed in parliament late on Wednesday without discussion.