Pofalla Belarus on the way to Europe

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The head office of Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Special Affairs Ronald Pofalla answered questions from journalists. Pofalla participates in the work of the Minsk International Forum.


The Belarusian authorities must explain the situation with the death of journalist Oleg Bebenina

"At the XIII Minsk forum I talked about the death of Oleg Bebenina. I said clearly that we are waiting to find out is not clarified still events that led to his death, "- said Pofalla.

The Belarusian authorities "to do everything in order to find out the details of the case," — said Pofalla.

Founder of the website "Charter 97" Oleg Bebenin was found in the loop at his dacha on September 3. People who saw the body Bebenina say about suspected dislocated leg, scratches and stains on the hands and the body of the deceased. However, in the conclusion of the official examination said that traces of external influence was not.

October 25-29, visited Minsk OSCE forensic experts who examined the materials of inspection into the death Bebenina.

Pofalla: The death penalty — the most serious obstacle in the way of Belarus in Europe

"The biggest obstacle close cooperation between Belarus and Europe — is the use of the death penalty," — said the head of the department of Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Special Assignments Ronald Pofalla.

"The death penalty is unacceptable to us. And the death penalty in Belarus does not only exist in the Criminal Code, but is to be executed," — he added.

Belarus is the only country in Europe where the death penalty.

April 29 2010 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe suspended contacts with Belarus due to "lack of progress" in the country's compliance with the standards of the Council of Europe.

According to the defenders of the proclamation of independence in 1991, the death sentences were issued more than 400.

Belarus, as before, is far from free elections

Despite some progress in Belarus, as before, do not create conditions for free and transparent elections, said Pofalla.

"Normal conditions for free elections here. Belarus, as before, is far from free elections," — said Pofalla.

He, however, added that "the limitations that existed before, for example, the collection of signatures do not exist."

"Comparing with the standards of free elections in the European countries is not possible. A few weeks before the election, the voters still do not know who the candidates," — said the German politician.

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