Yatseniuk: Moratorium on land sales should be prolonged until 2014 in Ukraine

2011-10-18 17:03:50

Leader of the Front for Change Party and MP of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense parliamentary faction Arseniy Yatseniuk has stated that the moratorium on sales of farmland has to be prolonged until a full inventory of land is complete and the national program of social and economic, environmental and cultural development in rural areas is approved.

At a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk on October 15 he said the moratorium on land sales has to be extended until January 1, 2014.

Yatseniuk also said that with the help of land reform the authorities are trying to repeat "the privatization" of state property of 1990s.

"In 90s state property was privatized, but the state received nothing from this, let alone Ukrainians. In 2012-2013 they want to use the same scheme for privatization of land – the last resource that remains in Ukraine," he said.

"The cancellation of the ban on sales of farmland would be possible only if a full inventory of all land of Ukraine is conducted. As a result of this inventory, a license for land with cadastre numbers will be issued to all citizens. We demand that the government secure the land property rights of Ukrainians," the politician said.

In addition, according to Yatseniuk, a national program for the social, economic and cultural development of rural areas should be approved.

"Our task is to feed the country, develop the agrarian and industrial production, and restore the agrarian infrastructure and life in rural areas," Yatseniuk said.