(RIA Novosti) - The coalition majority in Ukraine's parliament criticized the opposition party Monday for an irresponsible approach to the Supreme Rada's activities, and rejected "the language of ultimatums".
The pro-Russian Party of Regions continued Monday its sit-in to prevent the start of a plenary session in protest over the coalition formed by three other movements, and presented a list of demands to the coalition, reports Trend.
Taras Chernovol, a member of the party, said the demands included the election of the Supreme Rada speaker and the prime minister in line with parliamentary regulations, and proportional representation of each party in the election of committee heads.
Party leader Viktor Yanukovych, President Viktor Yushchenko's challenger in the 2004 presidential race, has dismissed the idea of holding all-parliament roundtable talks, called for by the president.
The coalition comprising the "orange" trio of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the Socialist Party said in statement, "If the faction of the Party of Regions refuses to make constructive steps, we retain the right to take adequate steps that would allow the Supreme Rada to start working, elect the parliament's leadership, and form a new government."
The coalition said it was in favor of observing the country's laws and Rada regulations and was ready to ensure the opposition's right to take key posts in a number of parliamentary committees.
"The coalition of democratic forces understands its responsibility to the Ukrainian people and declares that it is ready for constructive dialogue, but rejects the language of ultimatums," the coalition statement said.
The parliamentary coalition called their opponents "an irresponsible political force which is indifferent to the problems of Ukrainian citizens."