US Senator John McCain, Chairman of the International Republican Institute, and President Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party (EPP), jointly called on the Prosecutor General’s Office to lift the ban on travel imposed on Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, EPP press office released a statement. 

The travel ban was imposed by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on January 31.  The ban would preclude Mrs. Tymoshenko’s attending a session of the EPP Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on June 22 in Strasbourg, as well as the EPP Summit of heads of government and party leaders on June 23 in Brussels. Yulia Tymoshenko is the leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, an observer member of the EPP.

"We jointly repeat our previous call on the Ukrainian authorities to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to attend the meetings of the EPP in Strasbourg and Brussels on June 22nd and 23rd. We are disappointed by the fact that this is the second occasion on which we have had to address this issue publicly. Consequently, we urge the Ukrainian authorities to lift all restrictions on Mrs. Timoshenko’s travel to international events. Needless to say, the continuation of this travel ban could be viewed as selective prosecution of members of the opposition in Ukraine.” 

Senator McCain and President Martens made a similar request on March 7, 2011.

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