Yushchenko says election monitoring needed

Dec. 5, 2004 at 10:29 AM

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's opposition leader, says it's essential the international community monitor his rematch with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

He also blames Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma for failing to get Parliament to adopt changes to the nation's election laws, the BBC reported Sunday.

The emergency session of Ukraine's Parliament debated the election law changes Saturday, but adjourned for 10 days after opposition factions failed to reach agreement.

"The opposition isn't fulfilling practically any of the agreements reached at a round table that involved European politicians," Kuchma said.

Kuchma is calling mediators back to Kiev for a new round of talks Monday.

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