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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two Possible Solutions to the Ukrainian Debacle

               When I began advising the European Union on this issue several months ago, I knew that there was a possibility that this could get messy and people could die. The operative word here is COULD. Tempers have flared into a pissing contest over turf and ideas. It does not matter who said what, or who did what to whom first. There are two simple solutions that I will offer in this post that could easily be adopted by both sides in a matter of days. There is an obvious lack of trust on both sides, so let us start there.


Ground Rules

1. A no provocation zone of one city block around the headquarters of both sides must be observed.
2. No looting, burning, pillaging, shooting, attacking, raping, firebombing, or other aggressive acts towards the other side for one week. This can be extended once negotiations has begun.
3. No use of military against the citizens of Ukraine (as if they would attack their own people). They should only be used to defend the country against an invader(Russia perhaps)?
4.A team of seven international negotiators, two representatives from the government and the opposition (or even three) will sit down and discuss these two solutions.


Solution 1

A. 

1. President Yanukovich resigns. His assets are purchased at fair market value by Ukraine. He, his family, friends, and others are given safe passage to Russia. 

2. Parliament is dissolved. New UN monitored elections are held in 30 days. 

3. NATO is permitted to protect the southern border. Russia is allowed to protect the Northern border. 

4. The country stays intact. 

5. The country is ran as a simple democracy, not as a republic. The EU rules apply where a president can be removed by a vote of "no confidence."

6. All seized property is returned to the government. 

7. A nationwide vote is taken to determine the direction of the country -EU membership or Russian Economic Union membership.

 

Solution 2

B. 

1. President Yanukovich resigns. His assets are purchased at fair market value by Ukraine. He, his family, friends, and others are given safe passage to Russia or Eastern Ukraine.

2. Parliament is dissolved. New UN monitored elections are held in 30 days. 

3. NATO is permitted to protect the southern border. Russia is allowed to protect the Northern border. 

4. The country is split into Eastern and Western Ukraine with the Russian enclave being the Eastern Ukraine.

5. The country is ran as a simple democracy, not as a republic. The EU rules apply where a president can be removed by a vote of "no confidence."

6. All seized property is returned to the government. 

7. A nationwide vote is taken to determine the direction of the country -EU membership or Russian Economic Union membership.


 So, are you ready to talk to one another, or do you want more blood on your hands?







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