Klitschko: “Secessionists mislead people in the East, substituting the notion of local communities’ empowerment with federalization”

15.04.2014 14:37

One should draw a clear line between decentralization of power and empowerment of local communities and federalization, leader of UDAR Vitali Klitschko said in comments to journalists on the sidelines of the parliament.

"Today it is necessary to hear people, especially in the East, to avoid bloodshed. Local communities should be given more rights and power. Decentralization of power and public budget is needed. But in any case it does not mean federalization," Vitali Klitschko said.

He pointed out that Russian saboteurs incite and mislead people in the eastern regions of Ukraine, playing with concepts of empowerment of local communities and federalization.

"We need to stop the calls for secessionism, breakup or full separation of some areas of the country. Today the task of all politicians is to preserve territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is what the vast majority of our citizens want," UDAR leader stressed.

Commenting on the expediency of a federalization referendum, Klitschko said that a it is not needed, as this issue is incited from abroad. "We need to find a compromise. But when the calls for federalism and separatism spread, there cannot be any compromise," Klitschko underlined.

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