EU: Yulia Tymoshenko case is symbol of selective justice in Ukraine
The foreign ministers of the European Union are calling on Ukraine to fulfill the criteria needed for the signing of the association agreement, in particular find a solution to the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, which has become a symbol of selective justice in the country, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"This is one of the elements that requires progress. This isn't just the case of one person – it's a symbolic case. It's a matter of human rights and the entire justice system," Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said before the start of today's meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
In his turn, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore noted that the report of the European Parliament's Ukraine monitoring mission shows there has been some progress. "But there hasn't been enough progress on the issue of selective justice and the case of Yulia Tymoshenko," he said.
"What must Ukraine do? Meet the conditions, including resolving the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko. Her case is a symbol of the level of respect for the rule of law in Ukraine. We want to sign the agreement, but right now not all the conditions have been met. I would like to see more progress," Eamon Gilmore remarked.
Latvian State Secretary Andris Teikmanis added that the EU remains interested in Ukraine's integration. "But there is still no guarantee. We want to see more progress in reform of the prosecutor's office and the electoral law. These reforms must become irreversible and not just reforms before Christmas," he said.
"I hope the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday will make the necessary decisions. I don't expect that the decision whether to sign or not will be made today, which is also important. Ukraine needs to show progress and then we will decide if we will sign the agreement. At this point, Ukraine isn't ready. But this isn't the end of the game," said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recalled that the EP has prolonged the mandate of its mission until the Vilnius conference. "Everything is in Yanukovych's hands. I think we have a policy, but I'm not completely certain he has a policy," he said.