Ukraine: another chance to reach accord?

President Victor Yanukovych, the leaders of opposition, representatives of the European Union and the Russian Federation during the negotiations on settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine agreed to initial an Agreement on settlement of crisis, the presidential press service says.

Ukraine MPs said the deal involved constitutional changes to reduce the power of the president, and an early election in December, 2014.

At the same time, most protesters want more, i.e. the resignation of the acting President and the Cabinet and bringing all the officials responsible for violent actions to justice.

‘In case of cease fire the subdivision of the occupation Ministry of Internal Affairs and immediate cancellation of the dictatorial power we will make maximum efforts to stop the bloodshed and we will guarantee the safety to the top-officials,’ Facebook group Euromaidanpr quotes the statement of Pravy Sector (Right sector) and the Self-Defense of Maidan.

The talks being brokered by three European Union ministers were proving ‘difficult,’ a European diplomatic source told news agency Reuters. European diplomats urged caution on the report of a deal and said they could not confirm an accord had been reached.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was involved in the talks, said he would be ‘cautious’ about announcing any deal, BBC reports. ‘The opposition in particular wants to be able to consult with some of its members, which is completely understandable,’ he said

Late Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament voted to approve a resolution th’t calls for the country’s security services to pull back and end their crackdown on ongoing protests. The resolution states an end to the “anti-terrorist’ operation against protesters and orders a release of all imprisoned protesters, as well as similar measures.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak states that the parliament should consider an issue concerning return to Constitution 2004 today.

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