No solution yet but the general consensus is that an agreement between Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko is a step in the right direction to a settlement of Ukraine’s political deadlock. President Leonid Kuchma said a document signed by the two men committed them to further efforts to find a compromise. It came after talks Russian and western mediators including representatives of the EU.
Increasingly, the likely outcome appears to be another election to follow that which handed victory to the prime minister ten days ago, and which the opposition say was rigged. Parliament further boosted Yushchenko’s cause with a vote of no confidence in Yanokovich’s government, although he declared the move “illegal.”
Central to the ongoing discussions is a move to change the constitution to reduce the powers of the president and give more to the parliament. EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, said progress had been made. “They agreed to implement as rapid (sic) as possible the reform of the constitution and the reform of electoral law.” The days events were a source of encouragement to the thousands of opposition supporters still thronging the centre of Kiev.
Part of the agreement was that blockades of government buildings should end but the crowds showed no signs of going home. Large numbers remained outside the Supreme Court where judges having been hearing complaints from both sides of cheating in the ballot.