- Posted March 27, 2014 by
European Ambassadors Meet With Civil Society Representatives of Odessa, Ukraine
On March 25, a meeting of civil society representatives of Odessa and the Ambassadors of four European countries took place in the Impact Hub Odessa.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Ukraine, Mr Wolf Dietrich Heim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to Ukraine, Mr Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Ukraine, Mr Kees Klompenhouwer, and Deputy Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Ukraine, Mr Franz Schneider answered the questions of local activists, journalists, and representatives of various youth organizations and clergy of Odessa.
Discussion with European diplomats was focuses mainly on the support for territorial integrity of Ukraine and democratic aspirations of Ukrainian people. European diplomats expressed their readiness to cooperate both on the state and local levels, shared their experience in building a parliamentary democratic state; openly and directly explained the positions of their states on the latest events in Ukraine.
“Ukrainian people have done away with the most corrupt government in their history. We (ambassadors) are here to express our support to Ukrainians”, — said the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Ukraine, Mr Kees Klompenhouwer;
“I don’t understand why Ukraine has to choose between European Union and Russia. This is not a question of choice”, — said the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to Ukraine, Mr Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, whose country is not a member of the European Union, and cooperates with the Russian Federation in many aspects. “Association with the EU is not a gift, it is hard work” — he ensured Odessa citizens.
The Deputy Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Ukraine, Mr Franz Schneider emphasized that the international community has high expectations for the coming elections in Ukraine, and that the OSCE is ready to send over 900 independent observers to our country.
“Ukraine in any case scenario should not become a battlefield, where NATO and Russia are fighting. European countries are clear on this position. Russia might be considering such scenario, but I’d rather believe they don’t. We want Ukraine to be a stable predictable partner. This is why the Association Agreement was signed”. — Mr. Jon Elvedal Fredriksen said.
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