President Viktor Yushchenko told reporters on Saturday he “welcomes and approves” plans by his party, Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defense, and BYuT to pass a new law on Ukraine’s National Guard and said their bill was aimed at “restructuring the law enforcement system in line with constitutional requirements and norms,” President’s press office reports.

Yushchenko said all military and law enforcement bodies should be placed under the direct command of “one supreme commander-in chief,” especially after this summer’s clashes between interior ministry officers and the State Guard Directorate, incited by a “man who broke the law.”

The President opposes the idea of converting Ukraine’s army into a professional force in 2008. “This subject is far-fetched,” he said and added that the army’s development “has its own logic and is stipulated by Ukrainian laws.” “There is a modernization plan, a development plan…there is a transition plan, and it will be implemented,” he said.


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