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Church issue remains disputable in the Ukrainian ‘Universal of National Unity’

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=1790 02 August 2006, 12:21 Church issue remains disputable in the Ukrainian Universal of National Unity Kiev,
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      02 August 2006, 12:21
      Church issue remains disputable in the Ukrainian 'Universal of National Unity'

      Kiev, August 2, Interfax - It was till one in the Wednesday morning that
      negotiations on the wording of the 'Universal of National Unity' lasted
      with representatives of the Party of Regions at the Ukrainian President
      Victor Yuschenko's secretariat. The wording on the promotion of one
      national Church, proposed by the president, remains one of the three
      disputable issues, the Ukrainskaya Pravda website has reported with
      reference to Raisa Bogatyreva, a representative of Victor Yanukovich's
      party in the negotiation group.

      Another two disputable questions are Ukraine's joining NATO and the status
      of the Russian language.

      In its own draft 'Universal' the Party of Regions proposed to state the
      non-interference of the state and political forces in inter-confessional
      relations.

      Last week, Yuschenko came up with the idea that to make one Church out of
      'four Orthodox Church' was needed for 'political conciliarity' and
      'religious sovereignty'.

      According to Bogatyreva, 'the negotiations have not make any special
      progress as the differences have not been removed'. The Party of Regions
      political council will consider new proposals in the morning.

      Yuschenko's press secretary Irina Geraschenko has reported that the
      round-table conference of Ukrainian politicians, chaired by the president,
      will most probably continue working on Wednesday.
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