Dalai Lama, Former Presidents Of Several European Countries Call On EU To Insist On Tymoshenko's Release

KIEV, Ukraine -- A number of influential world leaders, including the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, have called on EU countries to demand the release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko and other Ukrainian opposition members.

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"We urge the EU and its member states to insist that the rule of law is respected. At the very least, the EU should demand that Tymoshenko and the other opposition leaders are set free on bail, so that they can more vigorously defend themselves in court," reads an article entitled "Ukraine Loses Its Way," which was posted on the Web site of the Project Syndicate.

The authors of the article also said that the "ongoing criminal proceedings against opposition politicians, including Tymoshenko, together with the impact of changes in the electoral law to favor the president and his supporters, are weakening opposition forces."

The article was signed by former Czech President Vaclav Havel, philosopher and essayist Andre Glucksmann, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, former German President Richard von Weizsacker, Chairman of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky, the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, and others.

Earlier, Havel published an article with a similar content in the Moscow Times English-language daily newspaper.

Source: Interfax