Тарас Кузьо Науковий співробітник Центру трансатлантичних відносин (ЦТВ) Школи фундаментальних міжнародних досліджень (ШФМД) при Університеті Джонса Гопкінса.

Канадськa Група сприяння демократії в Україні

17 лютого 2013, 20:55

Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine

Groupe Canadienne pour la Démocratie en Ukraine

Канадськa Група сприяння демократії в Україні


February 12, 2013

Honourable John Baird,

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Parliament of Canada

Ottawa

John Baird (bairdj@parl.gc.ca)

Dear Minister,

On February 25, there will be a highly important European Union-Ukraine summit meeting in Brussels. The EU is prepared to sign a key Association Agreement, including a free-trade accord, provided Ukraine meets certain major conditions. One is the resolution of the incarcerated opposition politicians. The moment is of huge historic significant for the future of Ukraine.

The Association is vital for the independence of Ukraine and at the same time, its political future rests on the need for an unfettered opposition. The Government of Canada has made its position clear on the matter of incarcerated opposition leaders. We ask that it again makes diplomatic demarches to the key parties; supporting the great value of the Association Agreement and the need for Ukraine to meet the EU's conditions. The outcome of the deliberations is so significant that we believe the EU should maintain a firm position. A joint statement by Canada and the United States in support of this position would be most meaningful.

Meanwhile, the EU has given Ukraine until November to comply. There is deep concern about the health and safety of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former minister of security Yurij Lutsenko. An overture from Canada, to again provide medical assistance and oversight to the jailed opposition leaders to assure the integrity of the process is urgently needed.

We are looking forward to your reaction to our request.

With warmest regards,

Oksana Bashuk Hepburn

Andrij Holowaty

Myroslava Oleksiuk

Marta Onufriv

cc.

Hon. Thomas Mulcair

Hon. Bob Rae

Mr. Robert Sopuk

H.E. David Plunkett

H.E. Troy Lulashnyk

Mr. Arseniy Yatseniuk

Mr. Hryhoriy Nemyria

February 14, 2013

Press Release

The Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine asked Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, to intervene in the release of Ukraine's incarcerated political opposition leaders as a pre-requisite to the signing of the European Union's Association Agreement. Although the EU has given Ukraine until November to comply the issue is central to the EU-Ukraine Summit to be held on February 25 in Brussels.

"The EU is prepared to sign the key Association Agreement, including a free-trade accord, provided Ukraine meets certain major conditions. The key one is the resolution of the incarcerated opposition politicians. The moment is of huge historic significant for the future of Ukraine", the Group says in its letter.

By asking Canada to call on President Viktor Yanukovych to respond positively to the EU position, the Group aims to assist Ukraine in becoming a signatory to the Agreement.

It appears that Ukraine is anxious to sign. Postponement of its latest meeting on the Customs Union with Russia et al, active diversification of energy supply away from Russia supports this as does the President's recent statement that Ukraine "can't fail to react to the EU's constant criticism on this (incarceration) question."

To ensure a positive outcome of the Summit the Group seeks Canada's intervention in pressuring Ukraine to support "...the great value of the Association Agreement and need for Ukraine to meet the EU's conditions." It urges a joint statement by Canada and the United States to send a strong message to President Yanukovych to do the right thing and comply.

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Коментарі — 6
shwiec _ 18.02.2013 20:05
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Светлана Музыка:
так,діаспора звернулася до міністра,бо вважає підпис асоціації з єс дуже важливим для країни.країна ж реагує-можна побачити по коментарях...
shwiec _ 18.02.2013 12:26
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supporting the great value of the Association Agreement and the need for Ukraine to meet the EU's conditions=на жаль,то все треба народу,для влади то тільки неприємності.та й народ не так щоб весь то розумів...
lyubomirlesnik _ 18.02.2013 09:20
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Звичайно треба знати англійську. Знати, аби користуватися інформацією не лишень з нашого зомбоящика, а можна було скласти загальну картину подійта та тенденцій у світі. Тоді можливо і не було у Верховній раді такого сміття. Поки що наш рівень – рівень Чечетова, Олійника, Ганьки Герман та їх господарів (СинівСінових).
de _ 18.02.2013 01:43
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И шо? Сколько уже всякие европейцы ноют? Столько ныть без реальных дел – уже становится несолидно и даже смешно.
У кого плохо с английским – ещё кто-то в сотый раз говорит, что нам же в европу, а у нас политзаключенные и бла-бла-бла.
evrideu _ 17.02.2013 23:09
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Нажаль, англійську тільки вивчаю.
imhotep _ 17.02.2013 22:42
IP: 77.91.171.---
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