Dutch PM: unsure if Ukraine compromise will be ratified before March 15 poll

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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 10:03 AM

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday he was confident parliament would approve a compromise he secured from other European Union leaders on an EU-Ukraine pact, but said he was unsure it would be ratified before a March 15 election.

In an advisory referendum earlier this year, Dutch voters rejected the agreement, which aims to bolster ties between the EU and Ukraine. Rutte said the compromise - a legal document stating, among other things, that the treaty would not lead to Ukraine's EU accession - addressed voters' concerns adequately.

"I have confidence that a parliamentary majority can be achieved," he said. "I don't know if it will all be done before the elections (in the Netherlands)."

(Reporting By Stephanie van den Berg in The Hague, writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Gareth Jones)