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European Parliamentary Assembly concerned about state of democracy in Ukraine

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Nov. 4, 2011, 3:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is concerned about the situation with democracy in Ukraine.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is concerned about the situation with democracy in Ukraine, PACE Monitoring Committee co-rapporteur on Ukraine Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin has said. "The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is concerned about what is happening in Ukraine, and that the government makes certain promises that are not always fulfilled," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

At the same time, she noted that Ukraine still has time to do "everything right."

She recalled that when Ukraine joined the Council of Europe it made a series of commitments that have not yet been fulfilled.

"That's why we're here," she said, referring to the visit by the PACE Monitoring Committee co-rapporteurs to Ukraine.

In addition, Pourbaix-Lundin expressed hope that the changes that will take place in Ukraine within two to three months will be important for the promotion of democracy in Ukraine and will contribute to changing the mentality of Ukrainians.

She said that PACE would present a full report on Ukraine in 2013.

According to Pourbaix-Lundin, the interim report of the Monitoring Committee, which will be presented at the PACE session in January, deals with the criminal proceedings against former officials and the legal system reform.
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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 3:18 p.m.    

There is no democracy in Ukraine..so you can't be worried about the state of it.

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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 3:52 p.m.    

Perfectly correct observation.

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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 4:24 p.m.    

Ukraine will never be a democratic state under presidential rule. It must remove power and authority for the office of the president establihs a full system of parliamentary democracy and rebuild the state based on European values and European systems of justice.

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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 6:10 p.m.    

How to vote in parliamentary gov't....

.....REVOLUTION.....

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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 4:22 p.m.    

Ukraine will never be a democracy as long as it is beholden to presidential rule. Ukraine needs to follow in the footsteps of Estonia and Latvia and adopt a full Parliamentary system of governance in line with European values and European models.

The EU back in 2007 stood by and watch in silence as Viktor Yushchenko violated Ukraine's constitutional rights and illegally interfered with the independence and operation of Ukraine's Constitutional Court in order to prevent thd Court from ruling againxt Yushchenko's decree dismissing Ukraine's previous parliament .. In many ways the fall out of the events of 2007 are being played out in Ukraine today. The EU needs to recognise and appologise to Ukraine for not defending Ukraine's democratic rights in 2007, then maybe they would be respected more in speaking out against the abuses in Ukraine today.

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Anonymous Nov. 4, 2011, 7:37 p.m.    

That Yanukovych &quot;makes certain promises that are not always fulfilled&quot; is diplomatic politeness. Yanukovych has never made a promise effecting freedom and democratic reform that has been fulfilled - rather just the opposite.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/116309/#ixzz1cl7tGo00

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2011, 9:52 p.m.    

Forget about the state of democracy in Ukraine. It won't exist as long as the criminal dictator is in power.

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