[lg policy] Lytvyn: Ukraine has no problems with the Russian language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 14 14:38:58 UTC 2012

Lytvyn: Ukraine has no problems with the Russian language

Currently, no amendments have been proposed to the draft law on the
principles of the national language policy in course of preparation
for its second reading, the speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine
Volodymyr Lytvyn told in the interview to the first national TV
channel of Ukraine.

He reminded that the MPs must submit their amendments and motions by
June 20. “Still there are no amendments. I think the last day they
will be proposed, and there will be many of them,” Lytvyn said. He
expressed the hope that the further discussion on the language issue
will be calmer. According to Volodymyr Lytvyn, the controversial
issues should not be considered in an accelerated mode. "If not this
particular issue, there will be another before the elections for
sure," the speaker said.

The speaker noted that he had analyzed thoroughly the Law on languages
in the Ukrainian SSR of 1989 and the draft law on the principles of
the national language policy and concluded that the first one was much
better. According to Volodymyr Lytvyn the draft law on the principles
of the national language policy negatively develops the former law
with regard to the Ukrainian language.

"From a humanitarian and human rights point of view, it is possible to
conduct the discussion, that everyone has the right to use the
language, which he considers to be his native one. But if to follow
the combined approach, considering public interest and state security,
I think the decision should be somewhat different," Lytvyn said,
noting that the matter is not only to satisfy the language
requirements, but to ensure the integrity of Ukraine above all.
However, he noted that there are no problems with the Russian language
in Ukraine at all.

Moreover, Lytvyn said, it is inadmissible to pass the whole draft law
in its present form. "I believe that it will not do good even for
languages belonging to those of the regional minorities. It will lead
to excitement and riots only" the speaker of the parliament said.


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