The Belarusian authorities have decided not to renew the mandate of the OSCE Office in Minsk. December 31 Permanent Representative of Belarus to the International Organizations in Vienna Alexander Sychev informed the members of the Permanent Council of the OSCE.
About This was announced BelaPAN spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrey Savin.
"It should be noted that this is a conscious decision, due to the absence of objective justification for maintaining the OSCE mission in Belarus. This position is for a number of years, setting out the official statements of the Belarusian side," said Savin.
Since 2003, while working in the office of Belarus "implemented a number of important joint projects."
"The Belarusian side highly appreciates the consistent efforts of the office staff for the implementation of joint projects. Sure that the work of the office has made an important contribution to improving the practice of public institutions in Belarus", — said the spokesman.
He noted that "the mandate of the office is made," and the project activities of the OSCE "can successfully and effectively implemented in direct contacts with the OSCE."
According to Savin, "Belarus' decision to cease operation office in Minsk will not reduce the level of interaction our country with the OSCE. "
"On the contrary, we are committed to strengthening and improvement of practical cooperation with the OSCE in all areas of program activities of the organization," — said the spokesman.
Observers Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights The OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE have recognized that the presidential elections in Belarus fell short of OSCE standards.