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Yushchenko criticizes lawmakers for hampering Ukraine's joining WTO

Yushchenko criticizes lawmakers for hampering Ukraine's joining WTO

Ukraine's president criticized lawmakers Thursday, saying they were doing little to speed up the nation's joining the World Trade Organization.
Viktor Yushchenko had pledged to take this ex-Soviet republic into the Geneva-based WTO by the end of the year, but the government failed repeatedly to win support among lawmakers for legislative changes in the banking, metals and other sectors.
"Ukraine was expected to join WTO in 2006. I don't understand the debates in parliament to postpone this issue until the next year," Yushchenko said.
"The 21 laws that the concept to join WTO needs to change, should be considered immediately," he said.
The slower Ukraine is in joining WTO, the longer it will remain outside the European Union, he said.
Yushchenko was swept to power in the 2004 presidential election on promises of reform and closer ties with Europe after the Orange Revolution mass protests against election fraud.
The slow pace of reforms and infighting among his government hurt his party badly in March elections, which were won by his former rival. Viktor Yanukovych, who is backed by some of Ukraine's leading industrialists, formed a majority coalition and is now premier.
The head of a U.N.-linked advisory panel warned last month that Ukraine had missed an opportunity to launch necessary reforms, and must press ahead to join the WTO, liberalize its land market and tackle corruption.


Updated : 2021-04-14 09:46 GMT+08:00