Lytvyn: Program for development of Ukrainian language should be adopted before elections

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Aug. 24, 2012, 3:42 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

A national program for the development of Ukrainian as a state language should be adopted before parliamentary elections, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn(R) has said.
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YABLUNETS (Zhytomyr region) – A national program for the development of Ukrainian as a state language should be adopted before parliamentary elections, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said.

"The position of President [Viktor Yanukovych] is that it is necessary to adopt this national program before the elections," he told reporters during his visit to Zhytomyr region on Friday, Aug.24.

Lytvyn stressed the need to envisage funding for this program this year and in the state budget for 2013.

He said that several language bills had been registered in the Verkhovna Rada and added that the consideration of these documents would be complicated, "because there will be attempts to rely on the political process, rather than on a practical result."

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada passed the law on the principles of state language policy on July 3.

On August 8, President Viktor Yanukovych signed the law and instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to set up a working group to develop proposals to improve legislation on the use of languages in Ukraine.

The law came into force on August 10, and it envisages the possibility of official bilingualism in the regions where the percentage of representatives of national minorities exceeds 10%.

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine are to be held in October 2012.

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 8:02 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

Say yes out of one end and no out of the other.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 25, 2012, 11:07 a.m.    

Mykhayl states the truth. The Champion Chameleon of the Verkhovna Rada speaks with a forked tongue. It should be noted that Lytvyn's flexibility to be on both sides of the fence at the same time has become a necessity for his attempt for political survival. On one hand he has the POR breathing down his neck and possibly threatening to expose his involvement in the murder of Heorhiy Gongadze and/or the use of monetary bribes. On the other hand he cannot afford to alienate the Ukrainian speakers of his Zhytomyr constituency. Either way you look at it, the man has no moral scruples.

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blueriver Aug. 27, 2012, 12:56 p.m.    

Big Ugly stupid dump no charisma little education Yanukovych

This man is president of Ukraine.....when will Yanukovych be interview on Live TV about the fraud and his love for Russia in the Election in 2004 ?

Will some one ask the Party of Regions this question ?

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 12:38 a.m.    

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Father, please protect our native Russian language in our Motherland.
Native People of Odessa

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