Victor Yushchenko has spoken at the Third Congress of the People’s Union Our Ukraine Party, whose honorary leader he is, the president press office reported.
In his speech, the President said: “I have been and will always be with this party.”
He urged its members to institute profound reforms, believing they must first formulate a clear ideology which “could help Our Ukraine become a social factor.” He also demanded that they revise their statute and change the leadership of the party by renewing mechanisms of electing party members.
President Yushchenko recommended that delegates of the congress set up working groups to formulate proposals on how to tackle theses challenges and then discuss them at the second round of the congress.
The President said the party was committed to the ideas and values he appreciated, such as patriotism, democracy and European integration. He said Our Ukraine had been consolidating many liberal forces, consistently protecting national interests and implementing state policy since its creation. He thanked its members for supporting his program.
Speaking about its future, the President expressed hopes it would become the center of Ukraine’s center-right parties.
“Why aren’t these parties our partners? Who should consolidate the democratic movement in Ukraine? I am convinced it is Our Ukraine,” he said.
Ukraine's Yushchenko later told reporters Our Ukraine should unite with such parties as Reforms and Order, PORA, People’s Party, People’s Movement and other center-right organizations.
“I wish these forces resumed their dialogue,” he said.
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