1194th meeting – 12-14 March 2014

Item 1.7

Situation in Ukraine
(CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192/1.3, CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192bis/1.2, DD(2014)218, DD(2014)221, DD(2014)268 and DD(2014)281)


The Deputies,

Referring to their previous decisions concerning Ukraine, and in particular the decision of 26 February 2014 in which they recalled their governments’ commitment to the respect for international law, for the United Nations’ Charter and for the Statute of the Council of Europe, and in particular to the peaceful settlement of disputes and the full respect of the territorial integrity, unity and independence of Ukraine, and appealing to refrain from any steps which would endanger such principles,

1. expressed once again their solidarity with Ukraine and its people, underlined the importance of maintaining the efforts towards a political solution in the country and the contribution of the Council of Europe to that end, notably regarding the consolidation of democratic institutions, the protection of all persons, including those belonging to national minorities and rebuilding trust;

2. took note of the report on the visit of the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General to Kyiv on 10 March 2014;

3. welcomed the establishment of a tripartite working party involving the Parliament, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Council of Europe to bring forward the legislative reforms;

4. encouraged the Ukrainian authorities to draw without delay on the expertise of the Venice Commission regarding the reform of the Constitution and the adoption of a new electoral law;

5. repeated their call on all sides concerned to ensure that the International Advisory Panel as proposed by the Secretary General be enabled to begin its work;

6. having regard to the request made by the Ukrainian authorities, decided in accordance with paragraph 36 of Resolution Res(97)10 of the Committee of Ministers on the monitoring arrangements under Articles 24 to 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, to instruct the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention to review the situation of national minorities in Ukraine and to report back on its findings as soon as possible;

7. requested the Secretary General to rapidly submit proposals for assistance to the Ukrainian authorities for the preparation of the forthcoming Presidential elections scheduled for 25 May 2014 ;

8 welcomed the Secretary General’s decision to submit the question of the legality of the referendum called for by the local authorities in the autonomous Republic of Crimea to the Venice Commission; expressed grave concern regarding the intention to hold a referendum on the status of Crimea not authorised by Ukraine;

9. decided to resume consideration of this item at their next meeting.



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