Archive for June 17th, 2011


Invited guest, party crasher on simply sidelined – Yulia Tymishenko and PACE

June 17, 2011

As you are all aware by now dear readers, Yulia Tymoshenko, ex Prime Minister, is being investigated for a number of anomalies during her time in office, all of which can be loosely gathered together under the collective heading of “misuse/abuse of office/exceeding authority”.

As part of her conditions to remain at liberty rather than sat in a gulag, she has had restrictions placed upon her movements without prior consent of the PGO’s office. Very similar to police bail conditions in the UK in fact.

On 14th June, she officially requested the PGO’s office grant permission for her to attend the PACE meeting on 21/22 June in Strasbourg. According to protocol, the PGO has to give a decision on such a request within 72 hours, namely by end of today.

All jolly good and following along the legal lines that allowed her to attend the EPP meeting, following her invitation, earlier in the year. However it seems that PACE has not invited Yulia Tymoshenko to Strasbourg. They have not sent her an invitation and she will not be making a speech even if she did attend.

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has not sent an official invitation to former Ukrainian Prime Minister and Batkivschyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

No official invitation has been sent to Tymoshenko from PACE, and it is 100% certain that she will not deliver a speech at the assembly’s session, a PACE spokesman said.

The spokesman, however, said he did not rule out that Tymoshenko could come to Strasbourg at the invitation of some political group.

PACE has officially invited Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko to its session, he said.

Tymoshenko, who has been ordered by investigators not to leave Kyiv, has asked the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office to allow her to visit Strasbourg on June 21-22. – Interfax Ukraine

One can understand why she would want to attend, given the meeting is about the recession, financial crisis and economic recovery and is underpinned by the Utrecht Declaration 2009. It is though, a review of that declaration and a forum to elaborate on previous agreements in preparation for officially moving forward with any conclusions at the November 2011 Ministerial Conference to be held in Kyiv.

Given the title of the November meeting in Kyiv, she is unlikely to be invited to that either – she is not a Minister.

The PACE meeting seems to be a meeting for those in power, namely serving Ministers, rather than opposition members from various nations. That being the case, who invited Yulia Tymoshenko to attend? It seems rather unlikely the opposition members from Germany, Italy, France, the UK etc etc have been invited to attend as they have no power to agree or disagree on behalf of their nations to any proposals made.

So, who invited her to attend? It seems the European Peoples Party (EPP) has invited her to a chat on the sidelines of the meeting in what looks to be a mini EPP summit following the annual EPP summit a few months ago.

It all seems rather bizarre and to no apparent end!

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