The European Council will discuss the situation in Belarus

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The European Council will discuss the situation in Belarus in January 2011. On December 21 announced May Katsyyanchych — spokesperson of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

"We used to discuss the situation in countries where elections were held," — said Katsyyanchych.

Responding to a question about the events in Minsk will lead to a revision of the EU policy towards Belarus, Katsyyanchych replied that he could not make any assumptions about it.

Katsyyanchych reported that a meeting of the European Council will be chaired by Ashton.

December 20 based on the conclusion of international observers Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE Ashton made another statement about presidential election in Belarus.

"Unfortunately, the trend of the relative progress of the period campaign did not complete a transparent and fair electoral process — Ashton said in a statement. — Is especially sad that the day of voting was marred by violence, which I strongly condemn. In particular, the beating and detention of several opposition leaders, including presidential candidates, unacceptable. "

Ashton recalled the "policy of critical engagement", under which the EU offered Belarus to expand bilateral relations. This policy, according to Ashton, depends on respect for the principles of democracy, rule of law and Human Rights.

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