Tymoshenko ready to discuss safety guarantees for Yanukovych and his ‘Family’: Believes pressure must remain to force “real negotiations”

2014/02/18 • News

In an exclusive interview with ZN.UA, Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized that the only topic of  negotiation should be Yanukovych’s resignation.

“Given Yanukovych’s insatiable desire to own the country and how deeply he has monopolized the power concentrated in his hands, room for compromise depends on three factors: the power of the national resistance, the prospect of international sanctions, and investigations into corruption and the possibility of initiating an investigation before the International Criminal Court even in the absence of Ukraine’s ratification of the Rome Statute,” wrote Tymoshenko.

According to Tymoshenko, to strengthen each of these, the opposition should work with Maidan to organize itself into groups for direct and effective action.  

“We must help renew and strengthen the national uprising, our representatives must ‘live’ in Brussels and Washington until we see real sanctions, and we must start discussions with experts on how to initiate an investigation into crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court. It’s still not too late.”

“We just need to direct our efforts in different direction—more efficiently, professionally and simultaneously in all three spheres,” the former prime minister said. “When Yanukovych is ready for real negotiations, we should begin and conclude them quickly. The only possible topic of the negotiations should be his resignation from power and the safety guarantees for his ‘Family’.” I am ready to be a participant in these negotiations.”

 

Source: ZN.UA

Translated by Oksana Poliakova

Edited by Lesia Stangret

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