Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 131

Official celebrations marking the adoption of Ukraine’s new constitution were postponed today because of a tragic train accident, but already the event appears to be having a calming influence on previously tense relations between the central authorities and Ukraine’s only autonomous republic, Crimea. Ukrainian justice minister Serhii Holovaty, who in the past had warned that Crimea’s draft constitution represented a threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, told a press conference yesterday that the existence of a Crimean constitution does not threaten Ukraine with disintegration. On the basis of the Ukrainian constitution adopted on June 28, he said, it will now be possible for Kiev and Simferopol to work out a division of powers between the center and the autonomous republic. (Interfax-Ukraine, July 2)

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