Religious leaders urge President not to sign divisive language bill
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations has called on the President to veto the language law which could lead to the break up of the country. In an open appeal to the President they call what happened with the language bill a “move towards an abyss, to civic conflict and the break up of the country”
They note with regret that their voice was not heeded and that on 3 July 2012 the contentious language bill was announced as having been passed by the Verkhovna Rada.
It is a profound mistake, they say, to see this event as a victory. It is rather a pyrrhic victory, “a victory” against civic consent and the fundamental principles of parliamentarianism.
They urge the President to use his power of veto and return the Law on the Principles of State Language Policy (No. 9073) to the Verkhovna Rada for real and full consideration and a balanced decision.