Statement of the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
On Situation in Ukraine
We are following with great concern the events in Ukraine that have been created by the insensitivity of the Ukrainian government towards the will of a great number of Ukrainian people. It has led to dramatic clashes between the protesters and the police. We urge European leaders to take a firm stand and condemn the violence in Kiev.
New legislation restricting basic democratic principles and human rights like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly has given an excuse to use force against protesters. We ask the Ukrainian government and protesters to negotiate and find a peaceful solution by democratic means.
Continuation of the clashes and repression will lead the country into chaos that will benefit no one. We call to end the violence and agree on the roadmap of necessary actions to end the standoff by negotiations, with the help of independent mediator, if needed.
Ojars Eriks KALNINS
23rd of January 2014
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania On Situation in Ukraine