18:50 09.12.2009

EPP calls on Ukraine's democratic forces to unite around most democratic candidate

The European People's Party (EPP), the largest political party in Europe, has called on Ukraine's democratic forces to unite around the most democratic candidate who will win through to the presidential run-off.

EPP Secretary General Antonio Lopez-Isturiz said this to Ukrainian journalists in Bonn on Wednesday.

"The European [People's] Party is calling on all democratic forces in Ukraine and the partners of the European People's Party to unite and support the most democratic and pro-European candidate who will win through to the run-off, with the goal of preventing the return of political forces of the past and defending the ideals of the Orange Revolution," he said.

The Batkivschyna Party, the Our Ukraine People's Union, and the People's Movement of Ukraine (Rukh) are the EPP's partners in Ukraine.

The chairwoman of the Our Ukraine party's political council, Vira Ulyanchenko, Rukh leader Borys Tarasiuk, and Batkivschyna leader Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko attended the EPP statutory congress in Bonn on Wednesday.

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