Ukrainian authorities want to remove uneasy Danube reserve director before the
international dialogue starts
As we already informed, on November 2 Danube Transport Prosecutors
representatives raided the Danube Reserve office and seized all
documents and three computers. Formal cause for these actions was
bringing a case against Danube reserve staff.
The accusations were misuse of budget funds and abuse of power.
There were previous attempts to silence the opposition to the
canal project, but this was the most serious one.
One may assume that the reason for that were the negotiations that
happened in the end of October on 18 session UNESCO MAB program.
Ukranian delegation presented these negotiations as a success for
navogable canal project. We do not have any confirmation from
UNESCO about positive perseption of Ukrainina delegation proposals,
but such approval would lead only to further destruction of the
reserve and rights abuse in Ukraine. We must note that Ukrainian
delgation wasone-sided and consisted of those in favor of canal.
Danube reserve administration was noteven informed about proposals
taken to the session.
Among other proposal, Ukraine put on the table idea of joint sessions
for furhter conservation action of two adminstrations of the bilateral
Danube reserve - Romanian and Ukrainian, and a large conference on
Danube delta in Ukraine in December.
These two ideas sound good, except for the fact that this is not
affacting the main problem -continued canal construction, without
real assesment and monitoring. Ukraine has already breached
agreements that were set about the months ago - to do the real
assesment of the second stage and to do consultations with public,
including the groups opposed to the project.
Instead of fullfillment of the promises, Ukrainian authorities are now
trying to get rid of the Danube reserve administration. If the
international dialogwould start with participation of current DBR
director Alexander Voloshkevich, the truth about the situation in the
Danube delta will be brought up on official level, and no room for
lies would be left. Current comfortable for Ukrainian delegation, when
it consists only of canal supporters would change for rather uneasy
one - when every word of lie would be called a lie by those, who
serves and protects the Danube reserve.
This attempt to create visibility of internation dialogue without
real changes of situatio is a true reason for resent Prosecutor's
actions against the Danube reserve.
In this situation, in our opinion, EU, UNESCO, other
international entities should condemn the resent action of Ukraine and
to demand observation of the previous aggreements and to stop the
rights abuse in Ukranine, to immediately stop the prosecution of the
Danube reserve administration. It seems that Ukrainian authorities
understand only one language - the language of ultimatum, and
therefore all Ukrainian negotiations counterparts should be more firm
in their demands. It should be stated that the only possible Danube
reserve representative at the negotiations should be current Danube
Dear friends, we ask you to use this information and to address your EU
deputies and UNESCO MAB firstname.lastname@example.org and to demand stronger position in
negotiations with Ukraine. Expressing your posiotion to Ukrainian Embassy in your
country will be also very helpful - as Ukranian Foreign affairs minister leads the
public misinformation campaign.
Please also send your letters to EU
commissionars: to EU Enlargement Commissioner Gunther Verheugen
and Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom:
Olga Zakharova, International Socio-ecological Union email@example.com
Sergey Shaparenko , EcoGroup Pechenegi firstname.lastname@example.org
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