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Ukraine is not obliged to invite observers from the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the parliamentary elections. About it to Agency UNIAN said the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry Yekaterina Zelenko, commenting on the statement by the Chairman of the organization.
Zelenko explained that Kiev has invited observers from the PACE, when they “there was friendly and partnership relations”, and today they are not. She recalled that, in accordance with the Charter of the Council of Europe, PACE is an Advisory body and, as a consequence, its decisions have character of recommendations to which Ukraine is no longer going to listen.
According to Zelenko, the delegates of the PACE in June themselves “voted for the optional performance of their solutions when, in fact, waived the requirement for Russia to obey not one, but seven decisions taken in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine.”
July 2, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy has canceled the invitation for PACE to send observers to parliamentary elections in the country. This decision, he explained that Kiev can not prevent the delegation were representatives of Russia. The next day, the delegation terminated its election mission in Ukraine, and President of the parliamentary Assembly, Liliane Maury Pasquier expressed disappointment with the decision of Kiev.
Maury Pasquier also stressed that “Ukraine as a member of the Council of Europe is under the supervision of the Assembly and is obliged to invite its observers to monitor the presidential and parliamentary elections.”
June 26, PACE adopted a resolution that restored Russia to the powers of the Assembly in full. After this decision, the Ukrainian delegation expressed their intention to leave the organization and left the meeting room. She also did not participate in the voting for the new Secretary General of the PACE.
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