THE RULING Smer party stopped short of calling on Russia to end the aggression in Ukraine in a resolution passed by parliament over the ongoing conflict there. Omitted from the final text of the resolution was a sentence that read “parliament specifically calls on the Russian Federation not to interfere in the domestic affairs of Ukraine, not to provide military aid to militants, and to respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and use all of its influence to achieve a de-escalation of the conflict”, the SITA newswire reported on September 24.
The text was proposed by two opposition deputies, Eugen Jurzyca of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and František Šebej of Most-Híd.
The resolution’s final text now states that “parliament supports all efforts of the international community, whose aim is to achieve the peaceful resolution of the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine”. The MPs also welcomed the signing of an agreement in Minsk between Ukrainian government and militants from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and called on all participants in the conflict to respect it.
“Parliament has since the very beginning supported a diplomatic resolution to the current situation in Ukraine by the agreement between Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the US while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the document reads, as quoted by SITA.
Slovakia also wants Ukraine to be a free, democratic and prosperous country, and supports Ukraine’s integration into Europe.
“However, only the citizens of Ukraine, as the supreme overlord of the country, can and must freely decide over the foreign policy alignment of their country,” the resolution states, as quoted by SITA.
Moreover, parliament expressed the conviction that “on the way to achieve a permanent peaceful resolution to the conflict, it is necessary to look for mutually acceptable compromises between the Ukrainian government and representatives of rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, as reported by SITA.
In addition to omitting the statement calling on Russia to stop its aggression towards Ukraine, Smer also dismissed another proposal, submitted by Šebej and chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Ján Figeľ, to omit from the text any mention of the US. According to them, the US is not part of the conflict, as reported by SITA.
Parliament also approved the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which aims to achieve stronger political and economic cooperation between the signatories.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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24. Sep 2014 at 14:00