KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 21 /CNW/ -- Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of
Ukraine's opposition party (BYuT), met with the Rt. Hon. Baroness Margaret
Thatcher on 21 September, 2007 in London. Ms. Tymoshenko held private
discussions with the "Iron Lady," who was Britain's Prime Minister from 1979
to 1990 and credited with transforming the country and helping to end the Cold
The former-prime ministers discussed the forthcoming parliamentary
election in Ukraine, which is scheduled for 30 September, 2007 and the long-
term reform program designed to bring Ukraine up to European standards.
Lady Thatcher expressed her hope that Ukraine's election would be fair
and pronounced her wish for the Ukrainian people to keep alive the spirit of
freedom and democracy that characterized the Orange Revolution. She went on
to express her admiration for all Ms. Tymoshenko has achieved and wished her
well for the future.
"I hope the elections will be free and fair and be a guiding light for
democracy in Eastern Europe," said Lady Thatcher, "I wish for Ukraine to
quickly complete its transformation and for its people to enjoy the benefits
of a prosperous democratic nation at the heart of a modern Europe. The Orange
Revolution gave hope to freedom-loving people everywhere - its spirit clearly
Ms. Tymoshenko discussed the need for economic, social and legal reforms
and thanked Lady Thatcher for her work in helping to lift the "Iron Curtain"
and furthering the peaceful transition to democracy and state sovereignty in
Ms. Tymoshenko said: "I have long-admired Lady Thatcher and drawn
inspiration from her success in transforming her country from being a "sick
man" of Europe into one of Europe's strongest economies and raising UK living
standards to one of the highest in the world. Her model has been followed and
emulated by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and even Nicolas Sarkozy the new
President of France.
"She was firm in adversity and stood up to oppression when others
remained seated. Her words spoke for countless millions across Eastern Europe
who had no voice. She helped write a new chapter for our nation and we remain
indebted to her courage."
Also attending the meeting were Dr. Hryhoriy Nemyria, Ms. Tymoshenko's
foreign affairs adviser and Deputy Chairman of BYuT, and the Rt Hon. Lord
Hamilton of Epsom (Archie Hamilton), who held a number of important posts in
Lady Thatcher's government including Ministry of State for the Armed Forces,
Ministry of Defence.
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