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Verbatim report of proceedings
Wednesday, 1 December 2004 - Brussels OJ edition

Situation in Ukraine

  Attard-Montalto (PSE). Mr President, we cannot underestimate the sensitivity of the situation. The stakes remain very high at a national and an international level. What is the message that we should send to the Ukrainians, whether they support one candidate or the other? We should send the message that we stand for democratic values, territorial integrity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the impartiality of the courts, the rule of law, peaceful solutions, just solutions.

But what is the message that we are receiving from the Ukrainians? We are receiving the message that the aspirations of a people may be stalled. Obstacles may be placed in the path of democracy but ultimately justice will prevail. What is the EU’s message to the international community? I conclude by saying that we are relevant, we can speak with one voice. We cannot compromise where democracy is concerned.

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