Elmar Brok: treatment abroad shouldn’t deprive Yulia Tymoshenko of her political rights

10:13, 21 October 2013
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Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament Elmar Brok says the European Parliament mission monitoring political trials in Ukraine isn’t considering the restriction of Yulia Tymoshenko’s political rights as an option in her case, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"At no point did the two envoys indicate that Ms Tymoshenko has to accept to give up her own legal rights and position. I am deeply shocked by the fact that a parliamentarian like Mr Siwiec is of the opinion that the ban from standing for election should be an integral part of the political solution proposed by our Parliament. Mr Siwiec’s position is in contradiction with the decision taken last Tuesday by the Conference of Presidents," stays a statement posted on Elmar Brok’s website.

The MEP stated that on October 15 the Committee on Foreign Affairs heard a confidential briefing by former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasnieski on their activities relating to the Yulia Tymoshenko’s case. "The two envoys are in fact working towards finding a solution for Ms Tymoshenko that would give her partial pardon, release her from prison and allow her to travel abroad in order to receive the urgent medical treatment she needs," he said.

According to Elmar Brok, what MEP Marek Siwiec said regarding possible options in the Tymoshenko case is not true. "I am appalled by the contents of an article which is published on Mr Siwiec’ blog. First of all Mr Siwiec breaks the confidentiality of the meeting, secondly he relates in a distorted manner what was the political message delivered by the two European Parliament’s Special Envoys to Ukraine," he added.

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