UWC CALL ON EU ASSISTANCE TO FIND WAY TO RESOLVE TYMOSHENKO IMPRISONMENT

12.09.13


The President of the Ukrainian World Congress, Eugene Czolij has today written to EU leaders asking them to assist Ukraine in finding the legal mechanism to release former PM Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.

The full text of the letter reads:

During a meeting held on 27 August 2013 between the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and myself, on behalf of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Mr. Yanukovych stated that the political will was there to meet the requirement of the European Union (EU) concerning the case of Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

However, according to Mr. Yanukovych, Ukrainian legislation does not provide for any mechanism to accomplish this. In response, I expressed the opinion that Mr. Yanukovych could use his presidential powers to resolve this issue, to which the President of Ukraine answered that those powers are not broad enough.

Mr. Yanukovych also indicated that beyond repeated appeals to release Tymoshenko, the EU has still not provided any concrete recommendation on how to resolve this matter within the framework of the laws of Ukraine.

Notwithstanding our difference of opinion concerning the availability of mechanisms to resolve this important matter, I informed the President of Ukraine that the UWC would contact the EU, including the Cox-Kwasniewski mission, to request that you recommend a solution that is available under Ukrainian legislation to satisfy the EU requirement regarding Yulia Tymoshenko.  

In view of the strategic importance of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, both for the EU and Ukraine, the UWC calls upon you to address this issue without delay in order to enable the parties to sign the Association Agreement at the Third Summit of the Eastern Partnership member countries, to be held in Vilnius on 28-29 November 2013.



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