Victor Yushchenko has met with members of his parliamentary bloc, Our Ukraine, and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc, president's press office reported.
The President called on the two opposition forces to learn lessons from their past mistakes and unite to protect the country’s interests. Describing Ukraine’s opposition as an “integral element of making state decisions,” he said there was no constructive dialogue between opposition and government. He urged those present to formulate a strategy to promote democratic gains and ensure the country’s social and economic development.
Our Ukraine and BYuT agreed to sign a joint declaration. One of its major objectives is to form a constitutional commission to amend Ukraine’s supreme law.
“We must make this project public. If we need a referendum [to change the Constitution], let’s hold a referendum,” he said.
Yushchenko complained that constitutional reform disrupted the balance of powers and resulted in the usurpation of power by the government and its parliamentary majority. He said these constitutional changes were accompanied by “blatant violations of laws.” Corruption and excessive politicization of all processes pose a real threat to the country, he said. Criminals are coming back to Ukraine, which is “offensive to each citizen and particularly to those who represent the citizens in the Verkhovna Rada,” he added.
The President asked the opposition lawmakers to sign the declaration and “resist bribes.”
“I want you to put your responsibility on the scales of your conscience,” he said, expressing confidence there would not be “three hundred people [in the Verkhovna Rada] that could betray Ukraine.”
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