Extraordinary Conference of Presidents with Martin SCHULZ, EP President, Pat COX, EP former President and Aleksander KWASNIEWSKI, former President of Poland:
- arrival and round table
- extracts from the press point
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 06/02/2013 First transmission: 06/02/2013
An extraordinary Conference of Presidents was held today concerning the European Parliament observation mission in Ukraine. The attendants of this round table were the EP President Martin SCHULZ, the former EP President, Pat COX and the former president of Poland, Aleksander KWASNIEWSKI.
COX and KWASNIEWSKI work as observers at court proceedings on cases against the former Ukrainian Premier, Yulia TYMOSHENKO and the former Interior Minister of Ukraine, Yuriy LUTSENKO.
This observation mission started to work in Ukraine on June 2012, after Ukranian Prime Minister Mykola AZAROV and the EP President Martin SCHULZ reached relevant agreements.
In the extraordinary conference of today, the President and the observers discussed about weather it is necessary to continue with the observation mission of the EP in Ukraine or not.
Yulia TYMOSHENKO became prime minister of Ukraine after rising as a hero in the Orange Revolution, which peacefully removed a pro-Russian regime in 2004. In the elections of February 2010, she was defeated by the man she had ousted, Mr. Yanukovich, a former Kremlin apparatchik; and in she was charged with abuse of power. Yuriy Lutsenko, who had been Interior Minister during the government of Yulia Tymoshenko, was charged on 2010 with abuse of office and forgery and faces charges too. According to Lutsenko, the criminal case against him is more about political persecution.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||Views in the meeting room ahead the meeting (9 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President
"We agree that the mission should be continued. Conference of President agreed unanimously that both of the men's should continue their mission to improve the daily live conditions, not only of Tymoshenko, but for others political prisoners too.
It will not to interfere in a political direction of one or other side, but to continue our direct contacts with government, parliamentarian and juridical institutions. It will maintain the dialog, and the only goal of this mission".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The only goal of the mission is to improve the conditions and to bring something, a little bit of hope for those whom are suffering, in very difficult circumstances.
This is the goal our mission and I'm very grateful to Mr Cox and Mr Kwasniewski that they agreed to continue, because it is not easy for them either.