On Tuesday, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, met PACE President Mevlüt Çavusoglu in Istanbul within his official visit to the Republic of Turkey, according to the press office of the Verkhovna Rada.

The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament expressed his gratitude to M. Çavusoglu for the ongoing dialogue.

In April, Ukraine takes over the presidency in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. According to V.Lytvyn, it plans to consolidate and develop the achievements of Turkey in this respect. The Head of the Ukrainian Parliament stressed that the coming presidency of Ukraine in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe spurs it on the rapid fulfillment of the commitments to the Council of Europe in part of the necessary legislative decisions. He expects Ukraine to enter a post-monitoring stage, as "we have treated the PACE recommendations seriously and responsibly."

In his turn PACE President conveyed his willingness to support the initiatives of Ukraine. "As the PACE President and a deputy of a friendly state, I declare my willingness to support all the initiatives of Ukraine," he stated.

Çavusoglu attaches great importance to the role of Ukraine in the parliamentary activity of the Council of Europe. He is satisfied with the work of the Ukrainian delegation in PACE and advocates a speedy withdrawal from Ukraine of PACE monitoring and transition to post-monitoring phase.. On behalf of the Council of Europe and PACE, he expressed his support "to the reforms in Ukraine, as Ukraine has finally established political sustainability and stability in the Parliament."

He stated, "We wish that monitoring were lifted from Ukraine as soon as possible." In September 2010, the PACE President announced Ukraine's request for removal of monitoring due to the fact that in May-November 2011 the country will preside the Council of Europe.

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