President Viktor Yushchenko on Monday met with the leaders of Ukraine’s democratic forces, Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Lutsenko and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, who assured him they were ready to sign a coalition agreement, according to president's press office.

“There is no time for delays and hesitation,” he said, reiterating his demands that Ukraine’s newly elected lawmakers must pass next year’s budget, abolish legislative immunity and some of their privileges and adopt anti-corruption laws. “My demand has not changed: the 2008 budget must guarantee the improvement of social standards.”

Yushchenko said parliamentary stability would help achieve “constitutional consensus.” “This will enable the country to break the vicious circle of crises and conflicts in government and open up a new path for future progress. The renewed parliament and future government should unite around national priorities and preserve the nation’s unity. The government and opposition must work to benefit the people,” he said.


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