The mandate of the European Parliament's observation mission of Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski has been extended until mid-November, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said.
This decision was approved at an extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents, which includes President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and the presidents of political groups, at the request of the members of the mission. He added that the Conference of Presidents would get back to the mission's report before the Vilnius summit where the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is expected to be signed. Schulz noted that it is necessary to find a solution to the problem of Ukraine’s ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko that would satisfy all sides. "We prolonged our mission, as we haven't achieved our key goal in the Tymoshenko case," Kwasniewski commented. According to Martin Schulz, the observers' petition to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon Tymoshenko could be "a legal basis" for the achievement of the necessary result.