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Official: EU not to sign visa deal with Ukraine before parliamentary elections

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July 3, 2012, 1:15 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok has called on the European Commission not to sign the agreement on the relaxation of visa requirements for Ukrainians before the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada.
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BRUSSELS: Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok has called on the European Commission not to sign the agreement on the relaxation of visa requirements for Ukrainians before the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada.

A relevant statement was posted on the Web site of the European People's Party Group in the European Parliament.

According to him, the European Commission is considering the possibility of proposing to sign the visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine. However, the MEP believes that this would be the wrong thing to do.

Brok said the EU policy towards Ukraine should be firm and consistent and Brussels should continue to insist on clear commitments from the Ukrainian authorities concerning the observance of democratic values and the rule of law in the country.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 3, 2012, 11:01 p.m.    

The recent ruling f the European Acourtn Human Rights is a litmus test for Ukraine. If Ukraine fails to abide by the ruling and releasempolical prisoners than Aeurope must impose sanctions and limitations on Ukraine,s association agreements. Ukraine must demonstaratethat it takes it's international obligations seriously It can nitpick and chose those aspects that the ruling party considered to be advantageous to ts position and interests. it must actin the overall interest of Ukraine and its international standing. failure to address the issue of justice denied to oppositon members can only diminish Ukraine"sprospects for further libaralisation of international trade and associations.

Any proposal to grant Ukrine associated membership should be conditional on Ukraine adopting constitutional reform, the removal of presidential power and the adherence to rule of law and compliance with international treaties.

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