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 EU Set Conditions for Yanukovych in Cases of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko: Progress Must be Tangible and Realistic

Without progress in the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yurii Lutsenko, the EU will not sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine.

This follows from the words of President of the European Parliament Herman Van Rompuy, at the joint press conference with President Yanukovych after the summit in Brussels, reports Ukrainian Pravda.

"We focused on three sets of issues where the EU has defined specific criteria - selective justice, elections and reforms," he said. Van Rompuy stated that Ukraine should demonstrate progress in these matters no later than May 2013. He added that some steps have been made, but progress must be tangible and realistic.

"We express our concern regarding the continued cases of selective justice. We express support for the mission of Cox-Kwasniewski and await the decision in the cases of selective justice," said Van Rompuy. "Systemic reform of the legal system is essential to ensure that there is no repetition of selective justice," said the head of the European Parliament.

A similar demand was voiced to Yanukovych by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who among the conditions of the Association Agreement called "decisive solving of selective justice problem" necessary.

However, Yanukovych himself in his speech did not refer to the topic. He only said that he welcomed the continuation of the Cox-Kwasniewski mission to monitor the situation around Tymoshenko and Lutsenko. EU leaders also said they will carefully follow the elections in 5 troubled districts.


 
 
 
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