Skip to comments.Ukraine deal promises early elections to end conflict. Still tentative as both sides seek support
Posted on 02/21/2014 5:33:19 AM PST by rawhide
European foreign ministers have brokered a tentative deal between Ukraines government and opposition that would include early presidential elections and a new transitional government formed within 10 days, people familiar with the talks said.
The deal, which could end a months-long political crisis that exploded into large-scale violence this week, is due to be signed later Friday, although officials said the deal is still tentative as the two sides in Ukraine seek to win buy-in from supporters.
The deal would see Ukraine return to its 2004 constitution within 48 hours, but amendments passed last year to reform the judiciary and other recent changes would be kept. A further constitutional review would take place by September, the officials said.
Within 10 days, Ukraine would choose a transitional government, which would pave the way for early presidential elections at some point in 2014.
The deal would also promise an independent investigation into the violence and human-rights abuses of recent months, the sources said.
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Would not be happening unless Putin were quite confident he can steal them.
Putin can do a lot more for them than the EU. And Russia already has many treaties with the Ukraine.
Hey, I want early elections to get this creep-in-chief out of office. Should we act like Ukranians?
Remember what happened to that black girl that panicked at a temporary Washington, D.C. checkpoint and tried to get away? They chased her down and riddled her and the car, that had a 1 year old in the passenger seat, with bullets.
They should take the deal before Russia invades. Only thing holding them back is the Olympics.
From BBC news’ live coverage:
The German Foreign Ministry has also posted the terms of the agreement, which say:
A law restoring the 2004 constitution will be passed within 48 hours
The formation of a coalition and national unity government will occur within 10 days
Constitutional reform, balancing the power between the president, government and parliament, will begin now and be completed in September
Presidential elections will be held as soon as the constitution is adopted but no later than December 2014
An investigation into the recent acts of violence will be conducted by the authorities, opposition and Council of Europe
The authorities will not impose a state of emergency and both the opposition and authorities will refrain from use of violence
Chuck Hagel’s phone call went unanswered to his Counter part in the Ukraine . We are a Joke.
21.40 People on Maidan chanting “Death to zek!”..People are angry and desperate with numbers of young guys of Maidan dead.
21.38 Main stage: Yanukovych has three variants to choose - 1) his resignation in the nearest days, 2) court martial 3) Mezhyhirya (his residence) will be set in fire.
20.52 People on Maidan chanting “court martial!” [for Yanukovych].
20.47 Maidan Self-defence member: “Tomorrow till 10 a.m. Yanukovych has to resign. If there’s no an application till 10:00, we’ll go to assault with a weapon”
20.39 Many people on Maidan now. They don’t agree with an agreement - it’s too late and too little for such a prize paid by people. They don’t want to hear even about Yanukovych. They call for urgent resignation of his.
18.20 EuroMaidan: “Light memory candles!!!
Maybe the organizers of the May 16th Operation American Spring should look at the options.
22.07 EuroMaidan: Extremely tense and emotional events unfolding on Maidan tonight. According to the announced plan for tonight, a funeral service for the men who lost their lives yesterday in battles against the regime was supposed to be held. The three opposition party leaders (Yatseniuk, Klitschko, Tiahnybok), Poroshenko and other politicians were invited onto the stage together with priests. The crowd (40-50 thousand people) whistled at them, and demanded explanations regarding today’s “deal” with Yanukovych. Most people in the crowd are, to put it mildly, not happy that an agreement was signed with the person they see as responsible for 77 dead and several hundred injured civilians. The funeral service was interrupted when one of the coffins was brought directly to the front of the stage during Klitschko’s speech, and the crowd began shouting “who will answer for this?!”. Then a “Sotnia” (unit) commander who had personally fought with riot police during the past days, forced his way onto the stage. His short emotional speech, during which he stressed that his unit was very well armed, ended with an ultimatum to the opposition leaders: either force the President’s resignation by 10 am tomorrow, and renounce your deal with Yanukovych (according to which an election is scheduled for 10 months from now), or this commander’s Sotnia will advance (”storm”) the government quarter. Dmytro Yarosh from the Right Sector then came onto the stage and proclaimed essentially the same thing. It should be noted that this morning, over 1000 Interior Ministry troops were withdrawn from the government quarter, and this afternoon those troops who were from southern Ukraine were transported home. However, significant numbers of well armed government troops remain inside the Presidential Administration and Cabinet of Ministers buildings. It is now clear that the opposition’s “negotiations” are not acceptable to Maidan, and the political leaders are NOT in control. Heaven help us, but I feel we’re in for more bloodshed - soon.
Prof. Mychailo Wynnycky, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Thanks for the very close up report. Pray for a peaceful resolution.