Ukraine: promises to make Russian the second state language

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Sep 1 12:14:53 UTC 2006

In its new program Ukrainian Government forgets about EU and NATO, but
promises to make Russian the second state language The Program 2006-2011
of the Ukrainian Cabinet contains a provision on the recognition of
Russian as the second state language in Ukraine. The humanitarian policy
section of the draft program says that the Government will carry out a
consistent policy to uphold the freedom of choice of communication and
education language and to recognize Russian as the second state language
in Ukraine, reports a REGNUM correspondent.

The draft program also says that the Government will respect dissent,
guarantee the rights of political opposition, protect the right of
ownership, solve privatization-related disputes exclusively in compliance
with the law and curtail the shadow sector of the economy by reducing the
tax burden, ensuring tax legislation stability and tax policy
predictability and cutting the allocations to the wages fund. The
Governments activities will be based on the key principles of the National
Unity Universal, the coalition agreement and the electoral programs of the
government parties. The draft program says nothing about Ukraine's
cooperation with NATO or the European Union.

 1999-2006 REGNUM News Agency


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