European Greens condemn Yanukovych's repressive methods

Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Prof Arnold Cassola said: “Had Viktor Yanukovych proceeded with his visit to Malta,the European and Maltese Greens would have directly expressed to him the concern of the Maltese and European Greens for the present situation in Ukraine.  The leaders of the European Green Party, Monica  Frassoni and Reinhard Buetikofer, and Alternattiva Demokratika had prepared a letter for Yanukovych.”

Iċ-Chairperson ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika, il-Prof. Arnold Cassola, qal: “Kieku Yanukovych gie Malta l-Greens Ewropej u Maltin kienu ser jesprimu direttament miegħu t-tħassib tagħhom għas-sitwazzjoni preżenti fl-Ukrajna. Il-mexxejja tal-Partit Ewropew tal-Ħodor, Monica Frassoni u Reinhard Buetikofer, flimkien ma’ Alternatttiva Demokratika, kienu ħejjew ittra ghal Yanukovych.”

L-ittra li kienet se tingħata lill-President tal-Ukrajna f’Malta:
Brussels, 9th December 2013


H. E. Viktor Yanukovych

President of Ukraine

Your Excellency,

We are very concerned at the present situation in Ukraine.
We believe that the brutal crackdown of the Ukraine government against the peaceful demonstrators in the past days was totally unwarranted.

Moreover, a solution for the situation  of Yulia Tymoshenko, who has now been detained in prison for so long in her poor health condition, should be found sooner rather than later.

The free expression of the opinion of the people cannot and should not be repressed.  It is the basis for any thriving democracy. The citizens of Ukraine should be given the opportunity to decide for themselves as to whether they want closer ties with the EU through a referendum or through elections in 2015.

Whilst thanking you for your attention, we call upon you to end the violence against peaceful protests that take place all over the Ukraine and to start a dialogue with the citizens in the Ukraine. We look forward to an early resolution of the present serious issues, according to the Ukrainian people’s will.


Yours Sincerely,


Monica Frassoni, Spokesperson        Reinhard Buetikofer, Spokesperson            Arnold Cassola, Chairperson

European Green Party                           European Green Party                                      Alternattiva Demokratika