Seven delegations in PACE state demarche due to decision on Russia’s return, - Ukrainian official

Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia announced the demarche
21:02, 26 June 2019

Leonid Yemets Facebook

The delegations of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia announced the demarche after Russia was restored in rights in PACE. Moreover, they appealed to the parliaments and governments of their states on decision toward further participation in the organization as Ukrainian MP Leonid Yemets reported on Facebook.

“Yesterday the Ukrainian Delegation in PACE announced its demarche. Today Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia along with Ukraine stood together. The delegations stated about the impermissibility of lifting of the sanctions from Russia. And threat of such decision for existence of PACE. And we appeal to our own parliaments and governments on the making of decision on further participation in PACE work,” Yemets wrote.

Related: Ukrainian delegation leaves PACE session as Russia restored in rights

He also published the text of the joint decision of delegations, which announced the demarche.

“Today, we as the delegates of our nations have no answer to our people how exactly the CoE is protecting their rights if it comes across as more interested in protecting the well-being of an aggressor than the victims of aggression and repression. The future of the CoE is under threat as a whole because the CoE is losing the trust of the people it stands to protect. We return home to consult our Parliaments and Governments about the joint actions in the Assembly in the next sessions,” the message said.

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The delegation emphasized that the unconditional restoration of rights of the Russian delegation without observance of any of the demands of the Assembly by the Russian Federation contradicts the main values of the Council of Europe and its Charter.

“This step sends a very wrong signal to the country that has resorted to armed aggression, poisoning of individuals, does not observe human rights of its citizens and does not promote but seeks to destabilise democracies throughout Europe,” the signatories stated.

“We wish good luck to the newly elected Secretary General and hope she/he finds a way to solve this unprecedented crises of trust which was created this week,” the document noted.

Related: What Russia's return to PACE means for Ukraine

Later First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Iryna Gerashchenko reported on Facebook that members of seven delegations signed it.

“The statement of the members of the delegations of Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,” the text said.

Earlier we reported that according to PACE decision, the Russian delegation returned to the work in the assembly with the complete set of the authorities.

As it was reported, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution which changes the sanctions regime and allows Russia to return to work in the organization without limitations to the right to vote. 

The delegations of Ukraine and Georgia launched a complaints procedure in PACE over Russia’s return to the organization.

Related: Klimkin offers to recall PACE invitations to observe snap parliamentary election in Ukraine

Moreover, the Ukrainian delegation stopped its work in the PACE, excluding the sessions concerning the Russian issue. 

As we reported profile committees of the PACE considered the question of restoring all authorities of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. The concluding recommendation passed after the night-time session says that these powers should be returned without any sanctions - not even those that remained after the PACE resolution was passed on June 24.


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