14:21 09.12.2013

Yanukovych, three former Ukrainian presidents to discuss finding solution to crisis

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he supported the idea of first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk to hold a national roundtable to find a compromise in the current situation.

Kravchuk proposed that Yanukovych hold a national roundtable in order to find a compromise in the political crisis and that he invite representatives of the authorities and opposition to participate in it, Yanukovych' press office said on Monday.

It has been reported that EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton will arrive in Kyiv on Tuesday.

The meeting of four Ukrainian presidents (Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yuschenko and Yanukovych) proposed by Kravchuk will take place on Tuesday. They are to discuss important issues facing Ukraine, the press office said.

Meanwhile, Kravchuk, Kuchma and Yuschenko said in a joint statement on December 4 that they supported the Ukrainian protest against the refusal of EU integration and warned about possible dangerous consequences. The former presidents said they condemned the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters.

Kravchuk, Kuchma and Yuschenko said they urged the authorities not to resort to actions involving use of force regarding peaceful citizens and to adequately assess the events unfolding in the country.

The situation should be resolved via open dialog with the civil society, they said.

"It is necessary to search for a political resolution in the form of the all-national round table as soon as possible. Participants of such formats should become real institutions of civil society supported widely by Ukrainian citizens and be able to represent their stance consistently and fairly. Democracy, equality, freedom to express the stance, European aspirations of the Ukrainian people, trust and honesty of all participants should become the value basis of such dialog," the former presidents said.

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