Strasbourg, 2 September 2014 - Secretary General Jagland is meeting Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Klimkin today. 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.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the Foreign Ministry in Kyiv today, followed by a press conference at 12:30.
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Mr. Jagland will have a meeting with President Poroshenko later in the afternoon. He is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday.