NATO PA: all political prisoners in Ukraine should receive proper medical treatment
NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Dr. Karl A. Lamers says appropriate conditions must be ensured for the treatment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and other former government officials – Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivashchenko, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko."We support all those whose health was harmed while detained. They all have the right to proper conditions necessary for real treatment, where they will trust the doctors and procedures that are being administered," Dr. Lamers told reporters today after visiting Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kharkiv hospital.
He said the NATO PA is critical of the treatment of former government officials. "I will make efforts so that Mrs. Tymoshenko and all other former members of her government, the ex-interior minister and acting defense minister – again get a chance," he said.
Dr. Lamers said that Yulia Tymoshenko told him that her health has improved only slightly. "Physically she is still quite weak. She can hardly get out of her bed and can’t sit for more than 15 minutes. But psychologically she is very strong, the way I have known her," stressed the NATO PA president.
"For me this visit was not an ordinary visit, it was a matter of my soul. I visited Ukraine for the first time in December 2004 during the Orange Revolution. I came here often after that and saw the movement for freedom and democracy. Right now we have certain concerns regarding developments in Ukraine and certain trends," he said.
The NATO representative also said that he will ask the Ukrainian authorities to consider the possibility of Yulia Tymoshenko getting treatment abroad. "In order for her to recover there need to be appropriate conditions, there needs to be trust towards the doctors treating her. I will ask that Yulia Tymoshenko be released and given permission to travel to Germany for treatment," NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Dr. Karl A. Lamers said.