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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT REFUSES PROPERTY FUND CHIEF'S RESIGNATION. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has refused to accept the resignation of State Property Fund Chairwoman Valentyna Semenyuk, Interfax-Ukraine reported on 25 October. "I will not accept Valentyna Semenyuk's resignation," Yushchenko said at a press conference in Kharkiv the same day. "I appreciate her professionally. That is why I did not accept her resignation statement," he said, adding that the State Property Fund is performing well, "from preserving vacancies, paying off social debts, increasing capacities and occupying new markets to basic principles of object privatization." Semenyuk tendered her resignation on 24 October after the Socialist Party, of which she is a member, asked her to step down in connection with the privatization of the Kryvorizhstal steel mill (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 24 and 25 October 2005). BW