Situation in Ukraine is unacceptable - Czech foreign minister


07.02.2014 16:55

Prague - The current situation in Ukraine is unacceptable, new Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said today.


Ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

One cannot agree with torture, intimidation and beating of people and the repressive machinery must be stopped, Zaoralek said.

He called on the Ukrainian authorities to resolve the situation, to release imprisoned persons, to investigate where the disappeared people are and to punish the perpetrators of the violence.

"I would like to call for a search for a constitutional solution to this situation instead of an escalation in Ukraine," Zaoralek said.

The "Maidan civic group," that is of major importance for the solution to the situation, should sit along with the opposition and government representatives at a possible round-table, he added.

For over two months, Maidan or the Independence Square in Kiev has been a forum of protests against the rule of President Viktor Yanukovych who dropped the idea of signing an association agreement with the European Union last November, preferring closer relations with Russia.

Zaoralek said the decision on holding new elections was solely up to Ukrainians.

The Czech Foreign Ministry is still ready to provide humanitarian help to the injured and suffering in Ukraine, he added.

In reaction to Zaoralek, Czech opposition Civic Democrat (ODS) deputy chairman and MEP Jan Zahradil said that if the Ukrainian government chose to use force to solve the crisis, it would be a reason for the Czech Republic to reassess its accommodating stand to the process of Ukraine-EU approximation.

"Brussels´ foreign policy has been a total failure so far. The communication has mainly occurred on bilateral level, on which I´d like the Czech Republic to speak much more loudly," Zahradil said in a press release.

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