Victor Yushchenko held talks with leaders of Ukraine’s democratic partieson Thursday, president’s press office informed.

Mykola Katerynchuk (European Platform), Vladyslav Kaskiv (PORA), Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (Our Ukraine), Yuriy Kostenko (Ukrainian People’s Party), Yury Lutsenko (People’s Self-Defense), Oleksiy Ivchenko (Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists), Viktor Pynzenyk (Reforms and Order), Volodymyr Stretovych (Christian Democratic Union), Lyudmyla Suprun (People’s Democratic Party), Borys Tarasyuk (People’s Movement of Ukraine), Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT), and Ivan Tomych (Village Revival Party) were present at the meeting.

The President called on the country’s democratic forces to unite to protect the constitution and the rights of the voters, and to prevent political corruption.

“One very important task now is how to unite the democratic forces, create a bloc or blocs and formulate tactics that does not lead to confrontation,” he said, adding that a snap poll was a democratic instrument to resolve the political crisis.

He promised not to rescind his decree and reiterated that Ukraine’s ruling coalition had been expanding its power base through unconstitutional means.

“They were dodging the constitution and perverted the political result of last year’s parliamentary election and therefore violated the fundamental human rights,” he said.

Yushchenko said Ukraine’s democrats must uphold the constitution and protect the interests of the citizens.


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