Estonian Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Checks In at Euromaidan

MP Marko Mihkelson Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
1/27/2014 11:29 AM
Category: Politics

Head of the Estonian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson has traveled to Ukraine to meet politicians, journalists and experts to draft a statement of support for democracy in the nation.

Speaking to ETV on Sunday, Mihkelson said that the aim of the opposition is to force snap presidential and parliament elections.

“The principal demand is to change the modifications made in 2010 to the Constitution so that Ukraine would revert to a parliamentary system,” Mihkelson said.

The next step is parliamentary debates on the protests on Tuesday, which will give opposition forces a sign whether those in power are willing to cooperate or not, Mihkelson said.

The statement prepared by Mihkelson is expected to be handed to the Estonian Parliament by Wednesday to collect signatures. The last such move by Parliament was in 2008 to protest Russian military aggression towards Georgia.

Riots broke out in Ukraine at the end of November after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal to strengthen ties with the EU.

Public posts on Facebook showed Mihkelson touring the Maidan, the central square in Kyiv, accompanied by former Ukrainian defense minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko.  


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