EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle welcomed the decision of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to pardon former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko and former natural environment minister Heorhiy Filipchuk, Interfax informs.

"We salute President Yanukovych exercising his prerogative of pardoning in the cases of former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former Environmental Protection Minister Heorhiy Filipchuk. We welcome the release from prison and return to his family of Mr. Lutsenko on Sunday. This in an important step by the Ukrainian authorities in addressing the concerns regarding the matter of selective justice," the statement reads.

Ashton and Fule praised the important contribution the European Parliament's monitoring mission to Ukraine headed by ex-president of the European Parliament Pat Cox and former president of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski made in this context.

"We now look forward to Ukraine addressing without further delay the outstanding case of selective justice and preventing any recurrence of selective justice by a comprehensive judicial reform in line with European standards, in order to fully implement the conclusions of the December 10, 2012 Foreign Affairs Council and the joint statement of the February 25, 2013 EU-Ukraine Summit," the EU officials said in their statement.

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