VIENNA, July 26 | Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:57pm IST
(Reuters) – Ukraine’s move to restore Russian as the language for official business
and schools in some regions risks polarising the country, the head of minorities’
rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek, urged a
compromise to defuse tensions over a bill that provoked protests in Ukraine this
month and is now in limbo as President Viktor Yanukovich has not said whether
he will sign it into law.
Wrapping up a visit to Ukraine, Vollebaek called the draft bill “deeply divisive”
and said authorities should open a dialogue with critics.