EC Delegation Kyiv, News
December 8, 2004.
Statement by Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, after the latest decisions by the Ukrainian Parliament
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), made today the following statement with regard to the decisions taken by the Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) and the President of the country: HR Solana yesterday returned from Kiev after having participated in the third meeting of the "Round Table" between the two presidential candidates, the President of Ukraine and the speaker of the Parliament, together with international facilitators.
"I congratulate all sides on the crucial decisions that were taken today by the members of the Rada, the speaker of the Parliament and the President of Ukraine. These decisions should pave the way for a free and fair re-run of elections in Ukraine on 26 December. The fact that these decisions were taken with such a convincing majority is a very encouraging sign about the reconciliation process in the country after some time of internal tensions. I call on all sides to continue working in this spirit, so that the elections will become a true victory for democracy in Ukraine."