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Ukrainian Parliamentary Talks Fail --> Viktor Yanukovych (file photo) (RFE/RL) July 3, 2006 -- Talks aimed at resuming activity in Ukraine's parliament broke down today.

Ukraine's governing coalition and opposition failed to start a round-table discussion because the leader of the pro-Russian Party of Regions, Viktor Yanukovych, had not showed up.

Mykola Tomenko, a top ally of would-be Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, said there was no point to the meeting without Yanukovych.

The Party of Regions began blocking the parliament last week as the new coalition planned a vote on naming Tymoshenko prime minister.

There is no indication when a new attempt will be made to start the assembly.


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