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KYIV SAYS NO DECISION YET ON PUMPING OIL THROUGH ODESA-BRODY PIPELINE. Fuel and Energy Minister Serhiy Yermilov on 6 September denied media reports claiming that the Ukrtransnafta supervisory board decided on 3 October to fill the Odesa-Brody pipeline with Russian oil and pump it in the direction opposite to the pipeline's original design, UNIAN reported. According to Yermilov, the issue of filling the Odesa-Brody with oil is of strategic importance to the country; thus, a relevant decision will be made by the government itself. Yermilov said the president postponed until 15 January a decision on whether to use the Odesa-Brody in accordance with its original design, for pumping Caspian oil to Europe, or to fill it with Russian oil and pump it to Odesa (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 9 September 2003 and "RFE/RL Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine Report," 29 July 2003). JM

POLISH PREMIER SAYS REFERENDUM ON EU CONSTITUTION NOT EXCLUDED. Prime Minister Leszek Miller said on Polish Radio on 6 October that he does not rule out a referendum on the adoption of an EU constitution if Warsaw's demands to change the proposed constitutional treaty are ignored (see "RFE/RL Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine Report," 23 September 2003). "If it turns out that what we were talking about in the EU referendum campaign -- urging the Poles to vote in the accession referendum [on 7-8 June] -- that what we were saying then would be different from the final decisions of the intergovernmental conference [in Rome], then perhaps it would be a good idea to ask the Poles for their opinion because we would have to deal with a totally new reality," Miller said. JM