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Monitors return to Kyiv to explore peaceful solutions to crisis

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden, EPP/CD), return to Kyiv from 18 to 21 February 2014 to meet leading personalities on all sides of the current crisis and to explore possibilities for a peaceful resolution.

Making their twelfth visit to the country, they are due to hold talks with President Viktor Yanukovich and leading members of the Ukrainian government and Party of Regions, as well as opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnybok.

The co-rapporteurs will also seek to find out what role the Verkhovna Rada and PACE can play in helping Ukraine to resolve the current political crisis and to follow up on the resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly following an urgent debate at its January plenary session in Strasbourg.

Discussions are also foreseen with the Acting Interior Minister and the head of Ukraine’s riot police Berkut. Other talks are planned with Petro Poroshenko, Rinat Akhmetov (to be confirmed) and Serhiy Liovochkin, as well as Eugenie Timoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko.

The co-rapporteurs will also meet Euromaidan groups, alleged torture victims, journalist organisations and human rights groups, and will visit Maidan Square.

The co-rapporteurs will give a press conference at 11am on Friday 21 February at the Ukrinform Press Centre (Bohdan Khmelnytsky St, Kyiv, Ukraine 01001)