At a press conference in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko promised that the Central Election Commission would slightly correct the official results of the March 26 elections if courts ordered a ballot recount.

“No one will be indifferent to political parties if they can prove that the election was fraudulent,” he said, asking the outsiders not to “blackmail the government.”

When speaking about today’s judgment not to publish the official results of the elections, the Head of State said it showed “Ukraine is the right legal way.”

“They have five days for hearings and then the government newspapers will publish the results. This way is democratic and normal,” he said, President's press office reported. 

Yushchenko also said “by conducting the elections fairly and democratically Ukraine reaffirmed its political determination to promote democracy.” He opined that the country had managed to make the vote truly transparent despite complicated election laws and many other impediments. The President also said our success had made the European Union open associated membership talks with Ukraine, which he described as “the great victory of the both sides but particularly the Ukrainian government.”

The Head of State then spoke about cooperation between Ukraine’s new parliamentary majority and opposition and said he hoped the both would protect national interests.

“This must be the first constructive dialogue between government and opposition in our history,” he said, adding that the structured Verkhovna Rada “will stimulate the country’s economic, social and humanitarian development.”


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