Adamkus makes third trip to Kiev

  • 2004-12-01
  • By The Baltic Times
VILNIUS - President Valdas Adamkus flew to Kiev on Monday afternoon, his third trip in 10 days to the Ukrainian capital, in a continuation of mediators' efforts to resolve the bitter political conflict.

The president's diplomatic adviser, Valteris Baliukonis, told the Baltic News Service that Adamkus would depart by a private jet at around 2 p.m. local time.

He refrained from commenting the president's agenda in Kiev.

However, it was reported that under the preliminary agenda, Adamkus will first of all see Kwasniewski after arrival in Kiev, then the two presidents will meet their outgoing Ukrainian counterpart, Leonid Kuchma and later with the opposition-supported presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko. A meeting with Ukraine's Parliamentary Chairman Volodimir Litvin is also planned. European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected in Kiev on Monday afternoon.

The decision to make the third trip was made after consultations with other international mediators, including Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, with whom Adamkus spoke by telephone Monday morning.

Adamkus, together with the other mediators, had been scheduled to go to Kiev on Saturday, but the trip was postponed after international negotiators decided there was no need to resume the multilateral talks yet.

Ukrain's Supreme Court invalidated the results of the second round of presidential elections and ordered holding a repeated ballot in the second round on Dec. 26, but Parliament has complicated the situation by refusing to adopt the necessary amendments that would validate the re-run.