Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has today (Sunday) welcome the relative calm in the Ukraine, after the parliament voted to appoint Oleksander Turchinov as interim President. Deputy Breen is due to meet with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland this week to discuss the latest political developments.
“I welcome the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko has been released and that peace has been restored in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, after a week of bloodshed. It is incredibly sad, however, that it took more than 80 deaths to get to this point.
“It is a welcome development that elections have been set for May 25th. This will give the Ukrainian people the final say on what direction they wish their country to take.
“It is my strong view that the European Union must help the Ukraine in whatever way possible in bringing about economic reforms and stability and in charting a pathway to democracy and growth.
“In my capacity as Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, I will be meeting with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland, Sergii Reva, this week, to discuss the ongoing political developments.
“It is vital that a long term peaceful resolution is found to this unrest so as the Ukrainian people can get back to life as normal. I hope the progress made this weekend can be advanced, with the culmination of free and fair elections in three months’ time.”