The U.S. and EU: Belarus has taken a step back

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU high representative Catherine Ashton issued a joint statement on the situation after the presidential elections in Belarus.

"The United States and the European Union again calling for the immediate release all candidates the presidency and more than 600 demonstrators were detained after the presidential elections in Belarus. We strongly condemn all acts of violence, especially the disproportionate use of force against candidates

We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force against presidential candidates, political activists.

presidents, political activists, civil society representatives and journalists. And the elections, and the events that followed them, are a step backwards in the development of democratic governance and respect for Human Rights, which is unfortunate. The Belarusian people deserve better.

The European Union and the United States there are serious problems in the electoral process and the vote count, which was reflected in the report of the mission of observers from the OSCE, and urged the Belarusian government to fulfill its commitments under the OSCE to substantially reform the electoral process. The GOB also need to take steps to ensure the playing field for political activists, representatives of civil society and independent journalists.

Respect for democracy and Human Rights continue to occupy a central place in improving the relations with the United States and the European Union. Without significant progress in these areas will not improve relations. It is in this context, we will evaluate the actions of the Belarusian government to resolve the situation, and to take into account developments in the consideration of our relations with Belarus. The European Union and the United States will continue to support and interaction with the people of Belarus and representatives of civil society, "- said in a statement published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk.

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