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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

President: Poland concerned over bloodshed in Kiev

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Poland views the bloodshed in Kiev with great concern, President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Wednesday after a meeting of the National Security Council devoted to the escalation of violence in Ukraine. Three people are reported dead in the Wednesday clashes.

 

The demonstrators and the militia clashed in Kiev leaving at least three people dead after new laws limiting democratic freedoms came into force on Wednesday.

 

"We have received the news of the bloodshed in Ukraine's capital with great concern. This could indicate further conflict escalation, increase of aggressive attitudes and growing threat of a permanent, profound conflict," President Komorowski said.

At the same time Komorowski stressed that the dialogue between the Ukrainian authorities and the opposition is not only possible but simply necessary. "It is Poland's role to promote the establishment of such dialogue and reaching appropriate solutions."

EU institutions should also play their part in shaping the developments in Ukraine, according to Komorowski.

 

The president reminded that Ukraine will hold its parliamentary and presidential elections in 2015. "No one can predict today whether the developments during the elections will not chill the climate both around and in Ukraine," he noted.

 

Poland and the EU should prepare for the role of monitors during the elections in Ukraine, according to the president.

 

"We would like to strengthen the relations (with Ukraine) because this way we can convince the Ukrainian public that Poland is a proper representative of the EU and a good example and a good partner in re-establishment of pro-West sentiment in Ukraine," Bronislaw Komorowski declared.

 

The president also argued that the EU should keep the door open for Ukraine while Poland should stress its involvement in helping its neighbour return to the European path if the country decides to reverse its current course.

 

The significance of EU's Eastern Partnership programme is even more evident now and Poland should continue to support Moldova and Georgia in their European bid, according to Bronislaw Komorowski.

 

In a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday afternoon, Polish President expressed deep concern over the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and the deaths of three protesters.

 

"President Komorowski expressed deep concern over the escalation of the domestic conflict in Ukraine and the fatal victims of the clashes in Kiev. President Komorowski called for stopping the bloodshed in Ukraine," Presidential Minister Jaromir Sokolowski told PAP.

 

Komorowski and Yanukovych also discussed potential scenarios of ending the crisis, according to the minister. The president was relieved to hear that President Yanukovych has started dialogue with the three main Ukrainian opposition leaders. (PAP, own information)

 

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