EU calls on Ukraine to start negotiations

10:47, 25 November 2004
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High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Xavier Solana called on Ukraine about the political regulation of the crisis by negotiations`. His spokesperson Mrs.Christina Gallah informed the AFP that Solana had had negotialtions with President Kuchma as well as with Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Yushchenko.
According to his spokesperson, Solana expressed his concern to the EU about the events in Ukraine. She also said that ‘it is hard for the EU to accept the results of the elections, which we believe are not free and fall short of western standards’.
Solana urged Kuchma and Yanukovych not to use violence. President Kuchma, according to Solana’s spokesperson, said there would be `no violence`. The opposition leader promised he would do everything to lower the pressure in the streets.

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