Opposition, EU discuss coordination in settling Ukraine crisis
Ukrainian opposition leaders and European Union officials discussed joint efforts to overcome the current political crisis in Ukraine in talks on the sidelines of the Munich security conference.
The talks involved the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and all of the EU countries' foreign ministers who had gathered in Munich, a Ukrainian lawmaker and opposition leader, Petro Poroshenko, told Ukrainian reporters.
"We discussed coordination of efforts to achieve one goal: to stop autocracy and lawlessness," he said in a discussion that lasted for more than two hours.
"If Ukraine steps back on the democratic track, and if we declare and start implementing necessary reforms, the European Union will just be obliged to give Ukraine a membership prospect after what happened. This issue was on the agenda and most of the participants were becoming increasingly aware how important it is," the Ukrainian politician said.
Visas were the second element of the discussion, he said. "We will not put up with a situation where the Ukrainian government's inactivity perpetuates Ukrainian citizens' visa problems," he said.
"In addition to this, we discussed EU representatives' permanent presence in Ukraine"in order to do all they can to forge a compromise on the settlement of the crisis," he said.
"We also talked about cooperation in the European Council format. Stefan Fule will be in Strasbourg on Wednesday for talks with Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland. The opposition has proposed a candidate to the commission for investigating crimes committed during protest rallies. We are still waiting for the government to nominate a candidate," he said.
Poroshenko said an agreement "on legal assistance in restoring the 2004 constitution, as the main condition for the settlement," was the main point on the agenda of the talks," he said.
"The Constitutional Court's ruling is unlawful and ranks among the main causes of the deep political crisis. Legal levers must be found to get the Constitutional| Court to review the current ruling, or pass a new one and annul the previous one, which will help settle the conflict quickly. Political will is needed for that," he said.