Basescu calls on Yanukovych not to use force or order reprisals against protesters

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Romania's President Traian Basescu has called on his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych not to use force or order reprisals against protesters, and find instead solutions through dialogue to prevent any increase in the number of victims.

'Romania's President, Mr Traian Basescu, is deeply worried about the wave of violence and loss of human lives as a result of clashes in the streets of Kyiv, where Euromaidan protesters have been facing law enforcement officers. Romania also witnessed violent clashes in its 1989 Revolution, when more than 1,000 people were killed in the fight for freedom and democracy. We learned back then that violence is not a solution and that options have to be sought through democratic dialogue. Mr President, Traian Basescu, is calling on Ukraine's President, Viktor Yanukovych, not to use force or order reprisals against protesters. Such an action will not be a democratic solution to the credibility crisis facing the incumbent parliamentary majority in Ukraine,' reads a press release issued by the Romanian Presidential Administration.

The release also says that continuing violent reprisals against protesters is not a solution to the crisis currently facing Ukraine, as this way violent clashes will surely escalate.

'Romania's President, Mr Traian Basescu, is also calling on Ukraine's President, Mr Viktor Yanukovych, to seek solutions through dialogue in order to prevent any increase in the number of victims in Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine,' reads the release. AGERPRES

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