[lg policy] Ukraine: Lytvyn threatens to reveal language issue secret arrangements

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 1 14:59:34 UTC 2012

Lytvyn threatens to reveal language issue secret arrangements

The Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn warns
officials he may reveal the arrangements existing between political
forces regarding the draft bill on national language policy.

“I want to calm down those, who say I did not give a chance to vote
for some decision. If they continue hashing over this topic, I will
air the true reasons for the scandal around the draft law in the
Parliament. I will reveal secret arrangements on this issue. It’s no
good trying to blame me,” Lytvyn stressed.

However, he refused to air these arrangements at the request of
journalists. “The leaders of political factions should inform people
of the internal legislative processes, not a speaker. My duty is to
provide stable work of the parliament and assist in finding a
compromise. I keep standing for calm and balanced approach to the
consideration of this issue,” the Speaker told.

Lytvyn mentioned that there are many options how to solve this
situation. First, the MPs may end the consideration of the draft law,
adopting some decision. Second, the MPs may send the draft bill for
further developing by the special-purpose committee or return it to
its authors for improvement. Finally, the draft law can be considered
in a new first reading.

As ForUm reported, on May 24, the debates on the language policy draft
law resulted in the fight between MPs in the session hall of the
Parliament. As the fight started, Mr. Lytvyn concluded the sitting and
left the hall.

After the fight, the member of the BYUT-Batkivshchyna Party Mykola
Petruk was hospitalized and the member of the Party of Regions Vadym
Kolesnichenko announced he was threatened bodily harm.


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