Church issue remains disputable in the Ukrainian Universal of National Unity
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
Last week, Yuschenko came up with the idea that to make one Church out of
'four Orthodox Church' was needed for 'political conciliarity' and
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.