V4 should urge end to violence in Ukraine - Czech PM-designate


27.01.2014 20:12

Prague - The unrest spreading in Ukraine will affect the whole Central Europe, Czech PM-designate Bohuslav Sobotka said today, adding that the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, including Prague, should take a joint position and call for violence in Ukraine to be stopped.


Designovaný premiér a předseda ĆSSD Bohuslav Sobotka. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

The V4 comprises the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

"It would be good if the V4 countries took a coordinated and joint approach to the Ukrainian crisis. The Czech Republic will undoubtedly push for pressure to be put on both parties to the conflict with the aim of making them stop violence and choose a democratic solution," Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said.

"Of course, the best democratic solution are elections," he added.

He said he has been informed that a V4 summit is being prepared.

The conflict between the government and the opposition in Ukraine escalated in November after the government refused to sign an association pact with the EU.

This triggered massive demonstrations calling for pro-European Ukraine, which, however, have been turning violent and have even claimed human lives.

Sobotka, whose centre-left coalition cabinet is to be appointed on Wednesday, said his visit to Slovakia is being prepared as Slovakia is the country which new Czech prime ministers traditionally visit the first.

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