EP mission: active vigilance required with regard to conditions and treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko

09:42, 22 November 2013
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The European Parliament monitoring mission to Ukraine says there needs to be active vigilance with regard to the conditions and treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We commend to the European Union and particularly to President Schulz and the European Parliament, as the authors of this mission, by way of a duty of care to maintain active vigilance with regard to the conditions and treatment of Mrs Tymoshenko. Specific arrangements should be put in place to ensure this," Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski said in their statement.

The EP mission expressed deep disappointment at the unilateral decision of the Ukrainian Government to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union. "We take note of the Prime Minister`s remarks on the stressed state of economy and the dramatically increased pressure from Russia in recent weeks," they said.

Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski believe that the people of Ukraine should be reassured by the leaders of the European Union that the door will not be shut on the European hopes and aspirations of Ukraine.

"There has been enormous effort made by the European Union to work with Ukraine over the last 18 months, not least by this mission. The time-out formula now decided by the Ukrainian authorities is not without clear downside risks, is likely to last for considerable time and the process, if and when renewed, will be complicated by the decision made today," the EP mission stated.

Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski said they intend tomorrow morning to return to the Verkhovna Rada and then travel to Kharkiv to meet with Yulia Tymoshenko.

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