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EP extends Ukraine mission to Nov. 28

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament - the governing body of the European Parliament that consists of the President of Parliament and the chairmen of the political groups – today extended the mandate of the Ukraine monitoring mission of former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski until the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We are an international institution. This was our first attempt as the European Parliament to be an interlocutor for many people in order to find a final solution. The Conference unanimously agreed to extend the mandate until the last minutes before the start of the Vilnius summit to try to find a solution," EP President Martin Schulz said after the mission presented its report in Brussels, Belgium.

On June 6, 2012 the European Parliament authorized former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski to monitor trials involving Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko.

After the Ukrainian government rejected the request by the EP mission to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko, on October 31 Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski urged all parliamentary forces to consolidate their efforts and pass a law the would resolve the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko.

The Eastern Partnership summit where the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be signed will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 28-29.

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