Victor Yushchenko is convinced that the political crisis in Ukraine can be settled through dialogue and nonviolently if political leaders show their goodwill and obey his decree disbanding the Verkhovna Rada, president's press office reported.

“The most important thing today is to create a climate of political goodwill to resolve the crisis,” he told a press conference on Thursday.

The President described himself as an “ardent advocate” of political methods to resolve the conflict and said it was a wrong decision to involve the Constitutional Court in it. He said he had met with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych a few days ago to proposea plan to end their standoff.

Yushchenko suggests that the country’s political leaders should first formulate a common political approach to the crisis and its causes. Then they should negotiate their agenda in line with the presidential decree in order “to have no winners and losers… and to appreciate our shared responsibility,” he said, urging parliamentary parties to start talks.

The President said they would then be able to speak about when to hold an early election. He said it should be held within sixty days after the dissolution of parliament, under Ukraine’s constitution. However, he understands that the electoral process is “complicated and has lots of nuances” and so is ready to “set a reasonable date.”


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