With the recent conduct of nationwide democratic elections in Ukraine, the United States of America today expressed concern that the conduct of Sunday’s parliamentary elections was marred with allegations of massive fraud which has constituted a step backwards from progress
In his remarks at Washington DC, Acting Spokesperson Mark C. Toner says the US government shares the concerns cited in preliminary report from observation missions from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
“These include the use of government resources to favor ruling party candidates, interference with media access, and harassment of opposition candidates.” -Mr. Toner
He pointed out that while election day was peaceful overall and observed by a large number of domestic and international watchdogs, the US is troubled by allegations of fraud and falsification in the voting process and tabulation, by the disparity between preliminary results from the Central Election Commission and parallel vote tabulations, and by the Central Election Commission’s decision not to release precinct results.
“We also reiterate our deep concern that the politically motivated convictions of opposition leaders, including of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, prevented them from standing in these elections.” -Mr. Toner
The US renews call on the Government to put an immediate end to the selective prosecution of political opponents.
The United States will continue to support the Ukrainian people’s aspirations for an independent, prosperous and democratic Ukraine, Mr. Toner highlighted.
The US regrets that flawed parliamentary elections do not advance Ukraine toward this goal.
“We remain committed to working with Ukraine to improve democratic institutions, strengthen the rule of law, and advance essential economic reforms.” -Mr. Toner
Last mont, with its commitment to strengthen and deepen its partnership with Ukraine, the United States of America has underlined its strong support to Ukrainian people’s goal to develop a more democratic and prosperous state.
The U.S.-Ukraine Charter on our Strategic Partnership, which was signed in 2008, outlines the breadth of our relationship and clearly enumerates our shared interests and common goals.
These include protecting Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity, supporting innovation and technology, and strengthening rule of law, economic freedom and democratic institutions.
Ukraine is a country of massive untapped potential – with an educated population, a vibrant civil society, rich agricultural land, energy resources, and a large consumer market.
The United States has long put its money where its mouth is in terms of support for Ukraine.
The US government has been the largest bilateral contributor of assistance over the last twenty yearsof Ukraine.
To support Ukraine’s goal of Euro-Atlantic integration, US assistance programs promote the development of sustainable institutions that advance democracy and human rights, Mr. Gordon said.
The US government believes that enhanced engagement with the European Union offers Ukraine the best guarantee of prosperity and stability, as it has for so many of its neighbors.
The U.S. supports the EU’s Eastern Partnership program that promotes security, stability and prosperity in six partner countries including Ukraine, Mr. Gordon noted.
The US government works to ensure that their bilateral assistance complements the EU’s political and economic reform efforts.
The U.S. has been striving under the Obama Administration to improve its own relationship with Russia.
Together, the United States and Ukraine have made significant achievements.
Earlier this year, Ukraine completed the removal of highly enriched uranium from its territory, supporting our joint efforts to secure the world’s vulnerable nuclear material and make the world safer, he noted.
The US also appreciates Ukraine’s important contributions to peacekeeping and security operations, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo as well.
Ukraine is now in the midst of another key event in the development of its democracy – the campaign leading up to parliamentary elections on October 28.
The United States is providing approximately five million dollars in funding for activities to promote free and fair parliamentary elections.
US is strengthening the capacity of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission to train election management bodies, training lawyers and administrative court judges to ensure the protection of voters’ and candidates’ rights.
The US encourages Ukraine to seize the opportunity of the October parliamentary elections and to use them as a springboard toward becoming a modern, prosperous, democratic, European country.
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Statistics shows that Ukraine ranks very low on a list of countries that are ranked by how easy it is to do business in Ukraine. It was ranked 152nd out of 183 countries.
The United States gives importance to its strategic relations with Ukraine. The U.S. govenrment attaches great importance to the success of Ukraine’s transition to a democratic state with a booming market economy.