Victor Yushchenko told foreign journalists in Kyiv a new law on the Cabinet of Ministers will help settle all contradictions and misunderstandings in Ukraine’s system of government and create conditions for constructive cooperation between the President and the government.
“The best way to normalize relations is to prepare a newly edited version of the bill on the Cabinet of Ministers and adopt it at a session of the Verkhovna Rada. By doing so we could resolve problems that still remain unresolved today,” he said. “If there is still a long way to go, we can pass temporary procedure rules to regulate relations between the two offices,” he said.
The President said the government “did not act in a constructive manner” to resolve the issue.
“It is wrong and ineffective for the government to propose a bill on the government and include no suggestions by the President in it. I will not support such a law,” he said.
When asked about his relations with the Prime Minister, Yushchenko replied that “there are more and more conflicts in many areas.”
“I want to say that I am not the author of these conflicts,” he said, adding that “the President and the Premier can have different moral values and pursue different goals but their high status makes them have a dialogue.”
The President said one of the reasons of such conflicts was constitutional reform, which “undermined the balance of powers.” He said that it was important to “adhere to the country’s laws, respect the President, the government and its members” to build stability.
“Ukrainians have heard no unethical or impolite remarks from me. I do not want to do such things and I do not like this style of relations. I think this style was created by the position of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych,” he said.
Yushchenko said Yanukovych never said ‘No’ on Ukraine’s foreign, home, economic, humanitarian or social issues during their meetings. Thus he is surprised at some things the government does. He said they were “slightly inconsistent” with agreements he reached with the Premier.
The President called on Viktor Yanukovych and his government "to be responsible when building relations in accordance with the Constitution." He said he would not react to pressure produced by governmental decisions.
“This path leads nowhere. Thus nobody will force the President to change his legal position,” he said.
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