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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT URGES BETTER REPRESENTATION FOR CRIMEAN TATARS. Leonid Kuchma on 17 September met with the authorities of the Crimean Autonomous Republic and Crimean Tatar representatives, Ukrainian media reported. "I believe that increasing Crimean Tatars' representation in public administration is an important and urgent issue.... Five percent of all civil servants in Crimea -- [those are] the statistics I was given today -- is obviously too little," Ukrainian Television quoted Kuchma as saying. The president also urged the central and Crimean authorities to speed up the allocation of land to repatriated Tatars. JM

PROSECUTOR VOWS TO SOLVE UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST'S MURDER. Speaking at a public hearing in Kyiv on 17 September, Deputy Prosecutor-General Oleksiy Bahanets said the murder of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze will probably be solved soon, STB Television reported. According to Bahanets, had it not been for the tragedy in the U.S., FBI experts invited by the Prosecutor-General's Office would have been already working on the case. "The Prosecutor-General's Office has reinforced the investigating team. Detectives who successfully solved murders in previous years -- those of parliamentary deputy Yevhen Shcherban and of [former National Bank Governor Vadym] Hetman -- are taking part in the investigation of this case," Bahanets said. JM

UKRAINIAN NATIONALIST GROUP SAYS IT DID NOT HAIL TERRORIST ATTACKS ON U.S. The radical nationalist Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian Self Defense (UNA-UNSO) has announced on its website that last week the website was attacked by hackers, who placed there a statement on behalf of the UNAUNSO hailing the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as "moral satisfaction" for the countries previously bombed by the U.S. (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 13 September 2001). The UNA-UNSO press service denied the organization was in any way responsible for that statement, adding that the attacks on the U.S. were "more of an act of vandalism than that of restoring justice." JM