Ukraine to examine minority language laws

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official language

Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official language

KIEV ”“ The Ukrainian parliament has agreed to draft legislation which could establish Russian as the country's second official language.

The resolution, passed by 275 Ukrainian MPs on Tuesday, will establish a commission to prepare new legislation “on the principles of the state language policy” to be submitted to parliament on March 31.

Language rights have been a source of conflict between Ukrainians and Russian-speaking citizens. Last month, the national parliament abolished existing legislation which gave Russian and other minority tongues the status of a “regional language” alongside Ukrainian if spoken by over 10 percent of the local population in a specific region.

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