MEP wants permission from Pshonka to visit Yulia Tymoshenko

09:43, 16 March 2012
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MEP Paweł Kowal (European Conservatives and Reformists Group)...

MEP Paweł Kowal (European Conservatives and Reformists Group) has written to Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka asking permission for a group of deputies from the European Parliament to meet with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska prison, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

“Ms Yulia Tymoshenko`s case and her current situation are of great interest to public opinion in many EU countries. The visit of the representatives of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee - entity responsible for the EU inter-parliamentary with Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine relations - in the place where Ms Yulia Tymoshenko serves her sentence of imprisonment, would allow for a personal talk with the Former Prime Minister of Ukraine and to become closely acquainted with conditions of her imprisonment. Depending on the agreements representatives of different political group could take part in this mission,” Paweł Kowal wrote in his letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general.

The MEP also noted that he has also informed Mr Elmar Brok, the Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs about his efforts to organize the meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko. “In my view - and I stressed this many times while talking to authorities of Ukraine - an organisation of such a visit is an accepted practice, especially when it comes to a meeting with a person known to some of members of the European Parliament, who had many times an opportunity to cooperate with Ms Tymoshenko and personally met her during their visits in Ukraine,” he noted.

“I would like to also mention that I address this letter to you not only as the Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee but also in the spirit of Christian values, according to which we should in particularly care for our neighbours who find themselves in a difficult position, including prisoners,” he concluded.


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