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Ukraine Opens Peace Plan Talks Without Rebels
Will Discuss EU-Backed Decentralization Plan
by Jason Ditz, May 14, 2014
Ukraine's interim government has opened a round of talks on
of the country as a way to settle growing grievances among people
in the nation's east, conspicuously refusing to invite the eastern
protesters to the talks at all.
That's in keeping with the interim government's long-standing
position that the protesters are tantamount to terrorists and
could never be involved in any talks under any circumstances.
Ironically, the decentralization plan that is suddenly getting so
much attention as the "EU-backed" plan is materially the
same as Russian proposals
that were angrily condemned by
the interim government and the West only a month ago.
Exactly how this might end up working remains to be seen, but
Ukraine's political system has clearly struggled with major
regional divisions throughout the decades. At the core of all such
proposals is the idea that regional minorities, like the ethnic
Russians in the eastern oblasts, could ensure more rights at an
oblast level than they would ever be allowed by the
Western-dominated central government.
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