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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT WANTS EU OBSERVERS AT EARLY POLLS. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said in Brussels on June 21 that he wants the EU to send observers to the early parliamentary elections he has scheduled for September 30, AP reported. Yushchenko told journalists at the EU headquarters that he has asked Ukraine's Foreign Ministry to invite EU observers. Yushchenko also said he does not expect any significant change in the makeup of the Verkhovna Rada after the preterm elections, but he stressed that the polls will encourage dialogue among conflicting political forces in Ukraine. "The main thing is that the principles will be different, the principles of interaction and inter-party relations," Reuters quoted him as saying. "Instead of a policy of political corruption, I am sure this will give birth to political dialogue between the factions and parties in parliament." JM