Strasbourg, 20 February 2014 - In response to the conclusions of today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council Secretary General Jagland made the following statement:
“The Council of Europe is ready to facilitate political dialogue and negotiations in Ukraine. We can offer our legal and constitutional expertise based on the standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights. I welcome that high level representatives of the European Union member states and the Russian Federation have joined common efforts to find a solution to the crisis today. The horrific bloodshed must come to end and be replaced by inclusive negotiations leading to a peaceful and lasting solution”, he said.