: Ukraine is able to hold Eurovision 2017 despite armed conflict in country's east - contest organiser

18:23 May. 15, 2016

Ukraine is able to hold Eurovision 2017 despite armed conflict in country's east - contest organiser

Ukraine's Jamala performs the song '1944' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo)

Eurovision Executive Supervisor convinced Ukraine can ensure security next year

Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Context is positive about Ukrainian authorities' ability to guarantee security of the participants during Eurovision 2017.

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'I am sure that you (Jamala) and Ukrainians will give us a warm welcome and will be able to provide safety,' Jon Ola Sand said to Ukrainian singer Jamala in Stockholm on May 15.

One of the journalists asked Jamala, whether the contest should take place in Crimea.
'Hopefully, Eurovision will be held in Ukraine,' the Ukrainian singer answered.

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Ingrid Deltenre, the Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), said organisers of the contest intend to send a distinctive message despite 'the polarity of reactions in Europe'.

'It is a signal of tolerance, openness and great variety of opinion,' Deltenre added.

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