EU: Ukraine to lose its European perspective if cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko not resolved

09:44, 18 March 2013
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The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will not be signed if no solution is found in the cases of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The time has come for sending some good news in dealing with selective justice. Unless the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko are properly addressed and there is sufficient confidence that there will be no more use of selective justice, we could hardly talk about conditions that are conducive for signing of the Association Agreement," Stefan Fule said during the debates in the European Parliament on the situation in Ukraine.

The European commissioner underlined that Ukraine’s European perspective depends on the fulfillment of the recommendations of the EU Council adopted in December. "If we want to sign the Association Agreement, the way forward for the authorities is not through bringing more and more disturbing news," he said.

Stefan Fule commended the efforts of the European Parliament’s mission headed by former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. "Its determination with respect to addressing the matter of selective justice, notably the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko, is worth high recognition. This mission needs and has all our support as its importance cannot be overstated. It is key that the mission will be in a position next month to report that there has been clear progress. We have underlined this in every single interaction with the Ukrainian authorities in recent weeks and months," he added.

"Recent developments in Ukraine continue to present us with a paradox. Ukraine is well-aware that we need to see determined action and tangible progress over the time until the Vilnius Summit. This steady process is important as there are a number of milestones between now and the Summit," Stefan Fule said.

Today the European Parliament held emergency debates on the situation in Ukraine in connection with the decision by the Ukrainian court to strip Serhiy Vlasenko of his deputy mandate.

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