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Diplomats are following the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

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News / 28 July 2011 | 16:20

Diplomats are following the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

Diplomats are following the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

US Embassy Human Rights Attache Matt Stafford has arrived at the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv to following the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko after today’s break in the proceedings.

Hearings are taking place every day, and every day there are diplomats in the courtroom. Representatives of the French Embassy have been monitoring the proceedings regularly.

Speaking at a recent round table organized by the Ukrainian Law Society, French Ambassador Jacques Faure said that events surrounding the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko don’t promote a positive image of Ukraine abroad.

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Ukraine may initiate creation of world grain reserve under UN auspices

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News / 28 July 2011 | 14:33

Ukraine may initiate creation of world grain reserve under UN auspices

Ukraine may initiate creation of world grain reserve under UN auspices

Experts of the Agriculture Ministry and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences are preparing a memo to the President on the initiative of creating a world fund of grain under the UN auspices. It is also proposed to establish a reserve stock of grain in Ukraine, President of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Bezuhly announced during a press conference at UKRINFORM.

“The deficit of grain in the world will be constant. Therefore, Ukraine can initiate the creation of the world’s grain reserve under the auspices of the United Nations. This fund will be owned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The reserve should be funded by international financial institutions. Ukraine can also benefit from participation in the creation of the world grain reserve,” Bezuhly said.

The Academy President noted that, under the program Grain of Ukraine, within the coming six years Ukraine may reach annual grain production of 80 million tons. Of these, 35 million tons will be spent for domestic needs, and the rest for export. Ukraine’s grain reserve may be of 5-10 million tons.

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Ombudsman Karpachova decides to distance herself from trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

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News / 28 July 2011 | 12:41

Ombudsman Karpachova decides to distance herself from trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

Ombudsman Karpachova decides to distance herself from trial of Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko says the office of the Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner has not responded to their request sent last week for Nina Karpachova to become an independent participant in the trial against the former Ukrainian prime minister.

“The fact that nobody from her office is coming here, at least under the appropriate authority, means that Karpachova has decided to distance herself from the trial and not participate, which seems logical to us,” Serhiy Vlasenko said before the start of today’s hearing, according to Tymoshenko’s official website.

He pointed out that Nina Karpachova was a top candidate for parliament from the Party of Regions. “Despite Karpachova’s attempt to maintain a neutral line, we remember that she’s a member of the top five of the Party of Regions and, judging by everything, she had to refuse to participate in this trial, although it’s obvious that the participation in this case of the Ombudsman or a representatives is essential,” he stressed.

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MFA hopes for opposition’s support in ratifying Association Agreement

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News / 28 July 2011 | 10:54

MFA hopes for opposition's support in ratifying Association Agreement

MFA hopes for opposition’s support in ratifying Association Agreement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine hopes for a constructive stand of the Ukrainian opposition in lobbying among European political partners the successful ratification of the future Association Agreement with the EU, Oleh Voloshyn, the director of the Foreign Ministry Information Policy Department, UKRINFORM reported.

“Certainly, for the opposition there is not just a place in the structure of our European integration efforts, but an extremely important place,” the diplomat said.

According to him, it is natural, considering how long ties have the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and other Ukrainian parties with the largest political force in the European Parliament – the European People’s Party.

The Ukrainian diplomat emphasized that “the active involvement of the opposition forces in lobbying for the successful ratification of this agreement by the European Parliament would be a real demonstration of the sincerity of the wishes declared by the opposition to support Ukraine on the path to the EU”.

“Moreover, at the end of the main phase of negotiations, and we are confident that this will happen at the end of September this year, the European Parliament will hold the appropriate hearings, which will also influence the position of EU member states before initialing the agreement at the Ukraine-EU summit. And in the course of these hearings, the voice of our opposition, which could firmly and clearly state that, despite any disagreements with the authorities, it calls on its partners to promote Ukraine’s European integration, would be a real gift from the opposition to our citizens,” Voloshyn said.

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