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Donetsk Republic speaker: Any expression of will at referendum to be treated with respect

April 28, 2014, 8:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vladimir Makovich gave an interview to Russia's Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper

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MOSCOW, April 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Any expression of people's will at the referendum will be treated with respect, Vladimir Makovich, Speaker of Council for the Proclamation of Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and co-chairman of its government, said in an interview published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Monday.

“The act on the Republic’s Proclamation was signed April 7 and came into effect immediately upon signing,” he recalled. “However, (on May 11) we shall hold a referendum to get an unambiguous answer on what people want.”

Makovich said “the elections of prosecutors, leading officers of the Interior Ministry, the Security Service, and courts” would be also held in the republic. “This year, we shall ensure the electivity of all chiefs of security-related agencies. Later on, a new parliamentary election will be certainly held. Then we shall adopt a constitution”, he pointed out.

Makovich is convinced that there will be no abrupt termination of economic contacts with Ukraine since “this is just impossible” and “anyone who will try to contribute to severance of contacts will only loose”.

“For the time being, everything is working now. We did not terminate a single program so that no damage will be done. However, if something happens, there will surely appear people who are ready to support us at this crucial turning point,” he presumed.

The Council Speaker said militia “is on our side almost everywhere” ever since the first day of the proclamation of the Republic. “Militia chiefs mainly have come to realize that they are in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic and must do everything possible to ensure order here and cut short any delinquencies,” he explained. “There will be a large concourse of people during the referendum. Militia members together with our volunteers will provide order. Volunteer brigades are set up everywhere. And no room for politics!” Makovich emphasized.

He also said he was “not ready to speak about presidency”. “We shall possibly have a parliamentary republic. There is no sense to discuss that. The people will have their say!” Makovich stated.

Denis Pushilin, Co-Chairman of the DPR Presidium, told ITAR-TASS earlier in an interview that the leaders of the proclaimed DPR would not hold a presidential election, as is scheduled elsewhere for May 25, in that part of Ukraine.

“Of course, we shall ignore presidential polls. How can we participate in an election held virtually on our neighbors’ territory, not on ours? This is wrong. Actually, in today’s situation it is impossible to elect a president who would suit both the country's west and east,” he said.

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