EU: Yulia Tymoshenko must be free by the Eastern Partnership summit

10:47, 23 May 2013
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The release of Yulia Tymoshenko from prison remains one of the conditions for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombinski has said, according to the official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The most important issue remains Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment. We hope very much that this issue will be resolved before the Vilnius summit. We can say that progress has been made, but so far not all the issues that must be resolved by the signing of the association agreement in Vilnius have been resolved," Jan Tombinski said in an interview with the show Window into Europe.

The EU ambassador to Ukraine recalled that the issue of selective justice has been taken up by the mission of the European Parliament led by former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. "This mission continues and they hope that the issues that concern selective justice and which haven’t been resolved to now will be resolved on the way to the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius," he said.

Jan Tombinski also believes that the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Tymoshenko v. Ukraine shouldn’t be the subject of political debate. "I would advise everyone to read the full judgment of the European Court. It clearly states that there were violations of the convention on human rights, particularly article 18. Every violation is a violation and there shouldn’t be political debates about what this means," the diplomat stressed.

The head of the EU delegation to Ukraine underscored that the Ukrainian authorities should execute the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. "I want to remind you of the statement that was made after the EU-Ukraine Summit on February 25 that any decision of the European court will be fully executed and implemented," Jan Tombinski added.

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