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