Thursday, June 25, 2009

President presents national decorations on the occasion of Constitution Day

President Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony of presentation of national decorations on the occasion of Constitution Day.

“After the things we have done in terms of formation of the constitutional field, we must proceed to next important step. We must have a constitution that would forever guarantee us democracy, freedom, and protect us from the risks of a totalitarian model”, - said Victor Yushchenko speaking at the ceremony.

The President stressed that the current Constitution, of course, needs improvement. “The struggle for creation of a European Constitution in Ukraine continues”, - he said.

President Yushchenko also expressed assurance that any changes to the Constitution should be made exclusively by national referendum. “The people should hold the key to the Basic Law”, - he said.

In his address Victor Yushchenko also expressed opinion that there are still threats to democratic values under the political situation in the country.

“I have a feeling that strengthening of the state and territorial integrity is this issue of the present, rather than of distant past. Either we continue the democratic path, or we will be forced back to yesterday”, - said Victor Yushchenko.