Protestors acting 'beyond the law': Kuchma

Nov. 29, 2004 at 3:36 PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma criticized opposition protestors as "beyond the ... law" Monday, Interfax-Ukraine news agency said.

"It is clear to me that different people are behind all these processes. Their (the opposition's) calls are beyond the limits of the law, the constitution and reason," Kuchma said at a meeting with a number of regional governors according to the Interfax-Ukraine report.

The president said that on Sunday he had met with opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. "I did not sense any aggression from the main person -- Viktor Ondreyevich (Yushchenko)," he said.

Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn and parliament member Ivan Plyushch attended the meeting as well, Kuchma said.

Ukraine has been rocked by protests over the past week carried out by supporters of Yushchenko who allege the returns from the Nov. 21 run-off presidential election with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych were tampered with to prevent Yushchenko's his victory.

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