PACE President “sincerely regrets” detention of Yulia Tymoshenko



Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, current President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] has told journalists in Strasbourg that he hopes the case against former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko will be resolved via amendments to the Criminal Code. He called for a transparent trial for the leader of the opposition.

Mr Çavuşoğlu spoke to Ukrainian journalists on Friday. Deutsche Welle reports Interfax-Ukraine’s report that he spoke of his “sincere regret” that “the former prime minister, a politician, is in prison for whatever reason”.

He was apparently asked whether he considered the trial of the opposition leader to be politically motivated. He said that given her position it was easy to say that it was political. He said that “he would like to believe that it is not political” and therefore called for a transparent trial so that people can see whether it’s political or not.   He added that he hoped the situation could be resolved through amendments to the Criminal Code.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also called on Ukraine’s government to not delay in carrying out reforms, and reminded it that this served two aims: fulfilment of Ukraine’s obligations before the Council of Europe and in order to facilitate an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. .

He said that one of the serious problems at present was corruption. He added that he sometimes asks Turkish businessmen why they don’t go to Ukraine. They tell him that they’d like to, but are put off by the corruption which is the “country’s malaise”.

From a report at the Deutsche Welle Ukrainian Service

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