"On behalf of the EPP, I congratulate Yulia Tymoshenko for her success in the first round of the Presidential elections in Ukraine. I believe that a strong foundation for Tymoshenko’s victory in the second round of the elections was laid down today."
"Yulia Tymoshenko has demonstrated modern leadership, responsibility and political courage. Despite all pressures, the ability to keep her dignity is an example of real statesmanship."
For the second round, the EPP expressed its support to Yulia Tymoshenko, "since she is the only democratic pro-European candidate."
Thus, the EPP is calling on all democratic forces of Ukraine and the EPP partners in Ukraine to consolidate and support Yulia Tymoshenko, in order to prevent the return of the political forces of the past, to preserve the ideals of the Orange Revolution, and to open a new European path for Ukraine.
The EPP is calling on all other democratic candidates of the first round not to abstain from the second round and to unite their efforts in order to support democracy in Ukraine.
"The victory of Yulia Tymoshenko in the second round is the victory for Ukraine’s clear European choice," stated Wilfried Martens.
Batkivshchyna, which is headed by Yulia Tymoshenko, belong to the largest and most influential European political family – the European People’s Party - which currently includes 72 member-parties from 39 countries, 13 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, the Presidents of the Council, Commission and Parliament, as well as the largest Group in the European Parliament.
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