Czech Foreign Ministry concerned over violence in Ukraine

Opoziční demonstrace před sídlem vlády v ukrajinském Kyjevě.

published: 02.12.2013, 17:15 | updated: 02.12.2013 17:17:04

Prague - The Czech Foreign Ministry is concerned about reports on the use of violence against demonstrators in Ukraine, hoping that the authorities will proceed along the rules of law-abiding state and will not use unacceptable forceful methods, the ministry said today.

The Foreign Ministry has also called on Kiev to resolve the situation by way of a democratic political dialogue.

Amid a tense atmosphere, tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of followers of pro-European opposition are demonstrating in Kiev.

They are protesting against the country's senior officials having refused to sign an association agreement with the EU, preferring the inclination to Moscow. Military units are on the move in Ukraine.

Prague is of the view that Ukraine belongs to the family of European countries.

"In Ukraine, there is underway an important demonstration of people's dissatisfaction with the surprising decision of the country' leadership not to sign the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. It was to be signed at the recent Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius," the ministry told CTK.

"The Foreign Ministry watched with a great concern the Saturday use of violence. The Foreign Ministry is carefully watching and evaluating the situation," the press release said.

"We have recorded that President (Viktor) Yanukovych subsequently distanced himself from the violent action. We hope that he meant his words seriously and that the government forces will proceed along the rules of a law-abiding democratic state and will not use again unacceptable forceful methods," it added.

The Foreign Ministry said the association agreement, on which the two sides had conducted talks for several months, offered the road of economic integration and political association with the EU, being a "comprehensive offer of partnership" by the EU.

The door is still open, it added.

Author:
www.ctk.cz

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