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OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek, urged a compromise to defuse tensions over a bill that provoked protests in Ukraine this month and is now in limbo as President Viktor Yanukovich has not said whether he will sign it into law.

Wrapping up a visit to Ukraine, Vollebaek called the draft bill “deeply divisive” and said authorities should open a dialogue with critics.

“The disproportionate favouring of the Russian language, while also removing most incentives for learning or using Ukrainian in large parts of the country, could potentially undermine Ukraine‘s very cohesion,” he said in a statement.

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