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Rada not to consider language bill on June 19, says speaker

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June 15, 2012, 9:29 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

A large Ukrainian flag covered the seats of oppositions lawmakers after a vote on a bill of language in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Ukraine's parliament has given tentative approval to a hotly contested bill that would allow the use of the Russian language alongside Ukrainian in some regions. Defying vehement protests by the opposition, pro-government lawmakers passed the bill in the first of two readings Tuesday.
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Kyiv – Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that the Ukrainian parliament will not consider at second reading the bill on the principles of the government language policy on June 19.

"It is impossible and this will not happen," Lytvyn said during an online conference on Facebook social network on Friday.

June 19 is the deadline for submitting amendments to the bill, Lytvyn said. The speaker said that some 400 amendments had been prepared for the bill so far.

As reported on June 5, the Verkhovna Rada passed at first reading a bill on the principles of state language policy, which strengthens the positions of the Russian language and the languages of national minorities in the regions, if the percentage of their speakers exceeds 10%.

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