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Ukrainian President discusses parliament crisis with faction leaders

      RBC, 01.08.2006, Kiev 18:07:51.The meeting of the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and the Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovich is underway, said Irina Gerashchenko, the President's press secretary. The President is discussing the issue of dissolving the Supreme Rada with representatives of the parliamentary factions and the parliament's chairman and deputy chairman, as the Constitution requires. Parties intend to discuss their differences of opinion on the direction of Ukraine's development, which the Universal of National Unity concerns. The President is optimistic about signing the Universal, the press secretary said. Yushchenko may also appear before journalists today to speak on today's results. The Ukrainian President met Yulia Timoshenko and Roman Bezsmertny, chairman of Our Ukraine, to discuss the parliamentary crisis and the possible solutions. Under the constitution, the President must meet Alexander Moroz, the parliament speaker, today.

      The president's position on signing the Universal on National Unity is firm. He has accentuated the importance of a compromise and considers it his right to dissolve the Parliament as his final option, Gerashchenko said.

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