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Tuesday, July 05, 2005


PACE representatives visit Azerbaijan, Ukraine

From A1plus AM:

Today the PACE co-reporters Andreas Gross and Andres Herkel will arrive in Baku. The aim of the visit is to investigate the pre-election situation in Azerbaijan and the course of the reforms. Monitorings will be held both in Baku and in the residences of the national minorities. {BR}

There will also be meetings with the representatives of the opposition and the Parliamentary fractions.

From noticias.info:

high-level delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) – made up of the Assembly’s President René van der Linden and the leaders of its five political groups – is to make a visit to Ukraine from 5 to 8 July 2005.

Explaining the purpose of the visit, Mr van der Linden said: “The Orange Revolution inspired many, but now comes the hard work of making Ukraine a truly democratic country, where European standards fully apply. A day after his inauguration, President Yushchenko came to Strasbourg and asked for the Council of Europe’s help. We have already responded, but the purpose of this visit is to find out what more we can do together. The success of democratic reforms in Ukraine is important for the whole region.”

The delegation will meet President Viktor Yushchenko, Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, as well as former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych and representatives of other opposition political forces and NGOs. PACE President René van der Linden will address the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday 6 July at 4 p.m. (see programme).

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