US and European politicians condemn Tymoshenko travel ban


American Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain and leader of the European People’s Party, Wilfried Martens have issued a joint statement calling on the Ukrainian government and Prosecutor General to lift the travel ban on Leader of the Batkivshchyna Party and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Statement by Senator John McCain & EPP President Wilfried Martens on Ukraine

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and European People’s Party President Wilfried Martens today released the following statement urging Ukrainian authorities to lift the travel ban on Yulia Tymoshenko:
Senator John McCain and the President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens, jointly called on Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office to lift the travel ban imposed on Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna Party and former Prime Minister.  The travel ban was originally imposed on January 31, 2011 and would preclude Mrs. Tymoshenko from attending the Summit of the EPP scheduled to take place on March 24, 2011 in Brussels.  Mrs. Tymoshenko has already been barred from traveling to Brussels in December 2010 and February 2011 and attending EPP meetings.
"We jointly call on the Ukrainian authorities to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to attend the EPP Summit in Brussels on March 24, 2011.  Mrs. Tymoshenko’s party, Batkivshchyna, is an observer member of the EPP and she is, therefore, invited to participate in the Summit.  We also call on the authorities to reconsider what could be viewed as selective prosecution of members of the opposition in Ukraine."

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