17 January 2018, Wednesday, 4:14

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland to meet Ukrainian President Poroshenko

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, is travelling to Ukraine to meet President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin on Tuesday.

Talks will focus on the situation in the country, in particular in eastern and southern parts, human rights and humanitarian aid and the Council of Europe's assistance towards reforms in the country.

A particular area of concern is the military conflict and the worsening situation of the civilian population. Mid-August Mr. Jagland had written to European foreign ministers, urging member states to increase humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine. The Council of Europe has been advising Ukraine on constitutional, electoral and judicial reforms. It also established an International Advisory Panel to oversee judicial investigations of violent clashes between protesters and security forces since the end of November 2013.