people’s deputies and colleagues!
The newest history of independent Ukraine saw many democratic events observed
with a sinking heart by millions of our compatriots and world community.
The society more than once faced a situation when fate of the people
and next generations, historical choice of the way for our development depended
on the politicians’ decisions, when Hamlet “to be or not to be” Ukraine a
sovereign European state had to be solved.
It was not an easy trial. Nevertheless, the participants of democratic
process every time succeeded to achieve understanding when it was necessary to
make together only right decision realizing personal responsibility for
maintaining public peace and democracy.
I repeat: we acted that way facing even more difficult situations as
compared with 2 April 2007.
Why should we witness today encroachment upon the constitutional
system, when the state seemed to pass the most difficult tests and overcome
long-running social-economic crisis?
The history will give an answer to this question, I am sure, a verdict
will be heavy.
Trying to dissolve the Parliament is reasoned by deliberate
continuation of a rather dangerous experiment which, unfortunately, has not
been ended since holding fair and democratic parliamentary elections in 2006.
Taking into consideration the events of 2 April 2007, we are compelled
to state that a pitiful Decree of the President on the Parliament’s dissolution
aims at power usurpation.
The matter concerns actual dissolution of the legitimate democratically
elected Parliament, after all.
Forcible and open speculative character of this decision proves that it
is the part of scenario components of which could imply the following steps:
- creating factitious conditions for permanent parliamentary elections
aimed to discredit parliamentarism as such;
- working through a mechanism to guarantee power retention for some
individuals regardless of any results of the elections;
- revising the Constitution with the purpose to restore autocratic
I repeat, we have already passed it in our
But for the first time during Ukraine’s independence a guarantor of the
Constitution ventured upon a step which could have disastrous effects both for
the state and society.
Yesterday, the Cabinet convened extraordinary deliberations. Regardless
of some Ministers who wanted to hold it closed we worked openly and
transparently in the presence of mass media.
The society had a chance to make sure that the executive power operates
confidently and calmly, as it befits it, relying upon the Constitution.
I want, accepting full responsibility, to assure people’s deputies that
neither adventurers representing the so called democratic opposition nor the
President being under furious pressure will unsettle our work aiming at
carrying out deep reforms.
Tranquility and confidence of the Government are based on our force -
mandate of confidence given by the coalition and voters.
And we will keep on implementing our program because the convincing
positive results achieved in a short space of time of our Government’s activity
prove: we are heading toward the right direction.
We can’t and have no right again to lose results worked.
Ukraine will not bear upheavals if we accept an ultimatum of
irresponsible politicians specialized not in creation but in devastation.
How dare they convince people that after Parliament’s dissolution their
life will not become worse and positive social-economic processes not be impeded?!
It is my obligation to say our citizens that in case of the
opposition’s scenario realization the state will be backward again not even one
People should know that their living standard will become worse if an
anti-constitutional decision is not canceled.
It is conditioned by the objective processes and no words concerning
resumption of usual course of life after elections does not represent the
facts. We are convinced of it.
Already today we see reaction of the business world to Presidential
Decree. It is a natural reaction to political instability.
The only way to prevent loss of confidence from the potential investors
is to turn the situation to constitutional course.
Addressing the Ukrainian people as Prime Minister I assure our citizens
that Government will serve as an example of responsibility for nation’s fate
and its future.
We’ll keep on fulfilling our duties in spite of the fact that the
opposition’s gambles suppose the Government to be paralyzed. We know their
plans perfectly well.
I must disappoint them: your expectations are vain.
There will be no destabilization and chaos.
I am confident – we will overcome crisis with honor and become
If every year you ask people of any country, even the most successful
or would they like to re-elect the Parliament, they would answer in the
Need for changes are natural for every society.
But the constitutions exist for this purpose to realize this aspiration
within the limits of legislation and prevent irresponsible politicians from
plunging Ukraine into chaos and civil confrontation.
Unfortunately, our state faces this insecurity.
The only way to prevent it and rectify fatal mistake of the President –
to wait until the Constitutional Court’s decision on conformity of his Decree
with the Constitution.
Until the Constitutional Court makes such decision, the Verkhovna Rada, Government shall
work as usual and no obstacles should be put.
The Action Program of the Government in the current political situation
is stated in the Government Resolution endorsed on 3 April, 2007.
I want the people’s deputies and all citizens of Ukraine know: the
situation is under control.
We’ll do our best to prevent consequences of irresponsible decision on
the Parliament’s dissolution from deterioration of social-economic situation
and social development in the country.
At the same time I want to address the President once again: there is a
chance to avoid the worst.
We must sit at the negotiating table and talk for the sake of Ukraine’s
Consider a weight of your responsibility if you refuse a constructive
dialogue with legitimate power.
All of us realize that our political fate is in the people’s hands. But
you also must remember, nobody comes to power forever.
Including the President, in particular, if he fails to be a uniting
kernel at the time of difficulties.
Viktor Andriyovych! Make this step towards
Ukraine! You still have time.
During recent months the coalition and Government have really succeeded
in social-economic sphere.
Intensive and purposeful work gave an opportunity to increase pension
and wage, be optimistic about our future.
I assure that nobody will hamper elaboration of the program on the
reforms which could lead Ukraine to new standard of living aligning our state
The world community observes and shows sympathy for our plans. Today
Ukraine is one of the most dynamic countries in the world.
But some political forces in Ukraine do not like these pretentious
plans. They try to foil the process of gradual development at any price.
“The worse the better” – that is their slogan, philosophy of their
I call the citizens of Ukraine to unite for protection of the
Constitution, basic values of our society: freedom, democracy, supremacy of law
as we have acted more than once during the most difficult events of our state.
Standing on this rostrum I state: national unity, parliamentary
democracy and economic development or the welfare of the society will not be
Thank you for attention.
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