Yushchenko: Ukrainian - sole national language in Ukraine

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Mon Aug 28 13:01:44 UTC 2006

Aug 27 2006 3:53PM
Yushchenko: Ukrainian - sole national language in Ukraine

KYIV. Aug 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko
said the political leadership has been guided by European principles and
standards while tackling the national language issue. "The loss of the
language is the loss of the nation and the loss of the foundations for
national development. Therefore, we are pursuing a policy compliant with
European standards," Yushchenko said during celebrations of the 150th
birth anniversary of Ukrainian poet, writer, social critic and political
activist Ivan Franko.

"Ukrainian is and will remain our sole national language," Yushchenko
said. The Ukrainian president arrived in Lviv region on Sunday to attend
events marking Ivan Franko's 150th birth anniversary. Yushchenko is
expected to visit Ivan Franko's museum-estate in the village of
Naguyevichi and lay flowers on his grave at the Lychakovskoye cemetery in
Lviv. Yushchenko will take part in a state award presentation ceremony



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