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06KYIV4478, UKRAINE: STAND BY YOUR MEN: YUSHCHENKO RAISES THE

December 6, 2006

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06KYIV4478 2006-12-06 15:42 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO8041
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #4478/01 3401542
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 061542Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0618
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KYIV 004478 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/06/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PREL UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: STAND BY YOUR MEN: YUSHCHENKO RAISES THE 
STAKES OVER FM TARASYUK, DEFMIN HRYTSENKO 
 
REF: A. KYIV 4433 
     B. KYIV 4435 
     C. KYIV 4285 
 
Classified By: Charge a.i. Sheila Gwaltney, reason 1.4 (b,d) 
 
1.  (SBU) Summary.  President Yushchenko raised the stakes in 
the accelerating power struggle between his circle and that 
of PM Yanukovych December 5 by issuing a decree reinforcing 
Tarasyuk's status as Foreign Minister, notwithstanding the 
December 1 vote by the Rada to dismiss Tarasyuk.  For its 
part, Yanukovych's team denied Tarasyuk entry to the weekly 
morning cabinet meeting December 6, after PM Yanukovych, in 
the U.S., called Tarasyuk "irresponsible" for going to court 
to secure a ruling suspending the Rada decision.  After being 
denied entry to the Cabinet, Tarasyuk pledged to go back to 
court to secure his full rights as Minister.  Hours after 
members of the Regions-led coalition registered a bill to 
dismiss Defense Minister Hrytsenko December 5, Yushchenko 
stood by his other remaining Minister in public comments 
delivered at a stadium concert-reception to mark the 15th 
anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Armed 
Forces. 
 
2. (C) Comment: Our sources in the MFA confirm that the 
Cabinet incident occurred as reported in the press and that 
the situation is getting increasingly ugly.  Both 
Tymoshenko's Bloc and Our Ukraine have been increasingly open 
in recent days about their intent to file requests with the 
Constitutional Court to overturn all or part of the December 
8, 2004 constitutional amendments which shifted many of the 
President's powers to the Cabinet and the Rada majority. 
Politicians and court experts have both told us that legal 
grounds exist to overturn the amendments, although the 
decision to ask for a ruling is clearly a political one with 
uncertain consequences.  The brewing storm is likely to burst 
into the open once PM Yanukovych returns from the U.S. on 
December 7, absent another compromise between the two 
Viktors.  End Summary and Comment. 
 
Yushchenko: My right to say Tarasyuk remains FM 
--------------------------------------------- -- 
 
3. (SBU) In the wake of the Rada's December 1 vote to dismiss 
FM Tarasyuk (ref A) and in the increasingly heated and 
acrimonious struggle between the President's and Premier's 
teams (ref B), the often indecisive Yushchenko issued a clear 
statement in the form of a two-line Presidential decree No. 
1033/2006 December 5: "In accordance with Article 106, 
section one, point 3 of the Constitution of Ukraine, I order 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Borys Ivanovych Tarasyuk to 
continue to perform his professional duties."  (note: Article 
106.3 reads: The President represents the State in 
international relations, administers the foreign policy 
activity of the State, conducts negotiations, and concludes 
international treaties of Ukraine.") 
 
4. (C) Earlier December 5, Tarasyuk had secured a procedural 
decision by the Shevchenko District Court suspending the 
Rada's resolution 413-V to dismiss Tarasyuk as FM.  The MFA 
quickly circulated a diplomatic note to all embassies with 
the text of Yushchenko's decree and notification of the court 
decision (note: Tarasyuk told Ambassador after the December 1 
vote that a petition to the Constitutional Court on the 
Rada's ability to dismiss Presidential appointees absent 
Presidential agreement had already been filed, ref A). 
 
Yanukovych: Tarasyuk "Irresponsible," Cabinet lock out 
--------------------------------------------- -------- 
 
5. (SBU) PM Yanukovych, for his part, reacted while in the 
U.S. to press inquiries by calling Tarasyuk's legal gambit 
appealing the Rada resolution "irresponsible."  (note: 
Regions' faction leader Bohatyreva openly acknowledged to the 
Rada press contingent November 15 that the President could 
tie up efforts to remove Tarasyuk and Hrytsenko in the courts 
"for months" - ref C). 
 
6. (SBU) Raising the stakes December 6, Minister of the 
Cabinet of Ministers Anatoliy Tolstoukkov met Tarasyuk at the 
door to the CabMin meeting room and denied him entry, telling 
Tarasyuk he was not on the list of authorized attendees, 
before escorting him to the building's entrance.  Tarasyuk 
later told reporters that he had shown the Shevchenko 
District Court ruling, would file a court complaint to defend 
his Ministerial rights, and vowed that no one else from the 
MFA would attend cabinet meetings in his stead. 
 
Extending the battle to Hrytsenko 
--------------------------------- 
 
 
KYIV 00004478  002 OF 002 
 
 
7. (C) MPs from the three parties in the Regions-led 
coalition formally filed a draft dismissal bill against 
Defense Minister Hrytsenko December 5, setting in motion a 
likely vote in the coming days.  PM Yanukovych told several 
EU country Ambassadors over lunch November 28, three days 
before the Rada voted to dismiss Tarasyuk and Interior 
Minister Lutsenko, that Hrytsenko would be next to go, after 
his return from the United States, according to German DCM 
Johannes Regenbrecht. &#x000A
; 
8. (SBU) At an evening concert-reception marking the 15th 
anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian armed forces, 
Yushchenko reaffirmed support for Hrytsenko personally, 
Hrytsenko's military reform program, and for Ukraine's 
Euro-Atlantic aspirations.  Yushchenko called on the Rada to 
stop playing political games with Hrytsenko's status and the 
military and instead focus on securing calm conditions in 
support of military reform. 
 
9. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Gwaltney

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