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Ukraine opposition starts first talks with president

KIEV -- Ukraine's opposition on Friday sat down for talks with President Viktor Yanukovych for the first time since mass protests broke out over his failure to sign a pact with the European Union three weeks ago.

World boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, nationalist leader Oleg Tyagnybok and the head of the party of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, were all in attendance.

Yanukovych promised an amnesty for those arrested during the protests and said he would consider sacking officials responsible for working on the Association Agreement.

The opposition however said it was not enough, insisting that the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov should resign.

The opposition is planning a new mass protest on Sunday.

The talks came after Ukraine's richest man and hugely influential powerbroker Rinat Akhmetov called on all parties to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine's deepest political crisis in a decade.

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