Statement by President Pat Cox and President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Special Envoys of the European Parliament Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (08/02/2013)

7 February 2013

"Following the renewal of our mandate by the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents yesterday, exceptionally and contrary to our practice, we hereby issue a short clarification in reaction to the statement released on 5 February by the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.

Making reference to our visit to Yulia Tymoshenko last Tuesday in the Kharkiv clinic, it claimed that "no comments, claims, complaints or remarks to the penal establishment's administration or leadership of the medical establishment were made by the visitors."

This quotation is grossly misleading. Indeed, matters of significant and urgent concern regarding the detention conditions were raised by the Monitoring Mission. We reserve the right to publish our notes of record if disputed."