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Ukraine: Government agree to repeal protest laws, conditionally - Lukash00:40

Ukraine: Government agree to repeal protest laws, conditionally - Lukash

Ukraine, Kiev
January 27, 2014 at 22:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Government agree to repeal protest laws, conditionally

President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukraine's three main opposition leaders agreed for Parliament to repeal the protest laws and hold a special session in the parliament, Justice Minister Olena Lukash announced on Monday from Kiev.

She said: "Following the meeting, the parties have reached a conceptual agreement to vote for the law of Ukraine 'On Amnesty.' The insistence of our party is the following condition for the law: The amnesty will enter into force only in case of vacation of all seized premises and roads. Otherwise, the offences committed will not be amnestied. A political decision was made on scrapping the laws of Jan. 16, which aroused much discussion."

Lukash made no mention of the opposition demand that Yanukovych resign. Protesters withdrew from the Justice Ministry, which they had seized hours earlier, following the statement. However, they have threatened to occupy all government ministries if the session of parliament does not meet their demands.

Ukraine: Government agree to repeal protest laws, conditionally - Lukash00:40
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Ukraine: Government agree to repeal protest laws, conditionally

President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukraine's three main opposition leaders agreed for Parliament to repeal the protest laws and hold a special session in the parliament, Justice Minister Olena Lukash announced on Monday from Kiev.

She said: "Following the meeting, the parties have reached a conceptual agreement to vote for the law of Ukraine 'On Amnesty.' The insistence of our party is the following condition for the law: The amnesty will enter into force only in case of vacation of all seized premises and roads. Otherwise, the offences committed will not be amnestied. A political decision was made on scrapping the laws of Jan. 16, which aroused much discussion."

Lukash made no mention of the opposition demand that Yanukovych resign. Protesters withdrew from the Justice Ministry, which they had seized hours earlier, following the statement. However, they have threatened to occupy all government ministries if the session of parliament does not meet their demands.