Victor Yushchenko has met with the Coordinating Council of the Heroes of Ukraine, whose members are Anatoly Avdiyevsky, head of the Veryovka Choir, Yukhym Zvyagilsky, director general of the Zasyadko Mine, Leonid Kravchuk, former president of Ukraine, Ivan Plyushch, former parliamentary speaker, Ihor Yukhnovsky, director of the National Memory Institute, and Petro Sabluk, director of the Institute of Agrarian Economics, president's press office reported.

The President praised their active social commitment and reiterated his belief that Ukraine’s government and society should unite to develop the country. He said it was vital to promote national dialogue and make political leaders representing different, often opposite, ideologies compromise.

He told them he had recently met with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and Speaker Oleksandr Moroz, and outlined what they had discussed. Ivan Plyushch said their talks showed that Yushchenko, Yanukovych and Moroz saw the country’s strategy alike.

“Each of you agrees that the constitution and Ukraine’s form of government need improvement,” he said.

Leonid Kravchuk suggested involving public leaders and professional scholars – not the country’s political bosses – in formulating new constitutional amendments. Mr. Yushchenko agreed and said, “Our society should not think politicians are writing the constitution to benefit themselves.” 

The President said it was important to establish such a commission “immediately” to amend the constitution in a way enabling them to balance powers. He added that it should also improve legislation regulating local self-government and continue judicial reform.

First Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ivan Vasyunyk was present at the meeting.


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