UWC urges Council of Europe to demand release of Yulia Tymoshenko and members of her government

14:34, 16 May 2012
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During a meeting in Strasbourg with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij called on the Council of Europe to demand that Ukrainian governing authorities release prominent opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuri Lutsenko from prison and enable their participation in these elections, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Eugene Czolij noted the significance of the October Parliamentary elections in Ukraine and stressed the need for a large monitoring mission consisting of long- and short-term election observers to ensure a more honest and transparent electoral process in Ukraine, the UWC press service reported.

He also underscored that the main condition of signing and ratifying the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is for the Ukrainian governing authorities to adhere to fundamental European values and respect human rights.

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