Symonenko: Communist Party not to support amendments to language law

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Aug. 31, 2012, 1:09 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Petro Symonenko was sure that politicians are trying to divert attention from what is really happening in the country by passing language law.

The Ukrainian Communist Party will not support any amendments to the country's language policy, Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has said.

While commenting to journalists in Novohrad-Volynsky, Zhytomyr region, on possible amendments to the language law in terms of increasing the percentage of the population who can claim the need for the approval of a regional language from 10% to 30%, he said that the law was aimed at contradictions in society. He noted that by adopting this law in parliament, lawmakers had met the requirements of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

"But this law does not solve the problem of the Russian language," the party's press service quoted Symonenko as saying.

He added that politicians are thus trying to divert attention from what is really happening in the country. He said he was sure that changing the law would escalate the situation in the regions.

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