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06KIEV2246, UKRAINE: EXTRAORDINARY RADA SESSION UNLIKELY

June 8, 2006

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06KIEV2246 2006-06-08 15:57 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 002246 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/08/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PINR SOCI MARR UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: EXTRAORDINARY RADA SESSION UNLIKELY 

REF: A. KIEV 2208 
     B. KIEV 2190 

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i., for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 

Summary 
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1. (SBU) The Rada's five-member Provisional Presidium on June 
8 voted down a motion by 176 opposition MPs to hold a special 
Rada session that would likely have focused on the situation 
in Crimea (reftels).  The three "Orange" presidium members, 
who voted "no," dismissed the opposition's appeal as 
"unconstitutional."  Party of Regions MP Volodymyr Makeyenko 
argued to us that there would be no special session prior to 
the Rada's next scheduled meeting on June 14.  He noted that, 
according to the Rada's Rules of Procedure, only the Rada 
Speaker can convoke an extraordinary session and the official 
Rada newspaper, Holos Ukrainy, must announce such a meeting 
three business days in advance; the Rada has no Speaker yet, 
the June 8 edition of Holos Ukrainy had no such announcement, 
and June 12 is an official Ukrainian holiday, Makeyenko 
explained.  End summary. 

Special Session Voted Down Today... 
----------------------------------- 

2. (SBU) In the wake of the short but controversial June 7 
Rada session (Ref A), 176 MPs from the Communist Party and 
the Party of Regions signed a petition calling on the Rada's 
five-member Provisional Presidium to convene a special 
session to discuss the situation in Crimea (Ref B).  The 
Rada's press service reported on the afternoon of June 8 that 
the presidium had voted down the appeal, with the three 
Orange members (Socialist Party's Bokyi, Our Ukraine's 
Katerynchuk and Bloc Tymoshenko's Turchynov) voting "no" and 
the two Blue members (Regions' Bohatyrova and Communist 
Party's Martynyuk) voting "for."  The three Orange members of 
the presidium noted that they turned down the proposal 
because it allegedly violated the Ukrainian Constitution. 

...And Likely Won't Happen before June 14 
----------------------------------------- 

3. (SBU) Party of Regions MP Volodymyr Makeyenko, one of the 
more moderate and thoughtful voices in the Blue camp, 
unequivocally asserted to us on June 8 that there "will not 
be" an extraordinary Rada session before June 14 -- the 
Rada's next regularly-scheduled meeting.  Citing Article 12 
of the Rada Rules of Procedure, Makeyenko argued that: 

-- A special session can only be convoked by the Rada 
Speaker, and a Speaker hasn't been elected yet; 

-- The official Rada newspaper, Holos Ukrainy, must publish 
an announcement about an extraordinary session three business 
days before the event takes place; and, 

-- Monday June 12 is a Ukrainian holiday (Holy Trinity Day). 

4. (C) Note:  A check of the Rules of Procedure show that 
Makeyenko is right:  even if Holos Ukrainy published an 
announcement on June 9, the earliest that a special session 
could be held would be June 14.  This contradicts what 
Presidential chief of staff Oleh Rybachuk told Charge on June 
7 (ref A), when he claimed an extraordinary session could be 
called following an announcement about the formation of a 
governing coalition, which he said could happen on June 8. 
As of close of business Kiev time on June 8, the press was 
reporting that the Orange forces were still negotiating over 
key government positions. 
Gwaltney

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