The U.S. and EU believe that the OSCE mission in Belarus is not completed

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U.S. and EU have expressed their regret at the end of the mandate of the OSCE Office in Belarus. This statement was signed by foreign ministers acholnitsy United States and the European Union Hillary Clinton and Catherine Ashton.

In their joint statement said that a critical assessment of the elections by the OSCE mission in Belarus suggests that the mission of the organization in Belarus — is not complete.

The United States and The European Union also urged Minsk to release all those detained Lukashenko's opponents in the presidential election.

This is stated in a joint statement, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton released by the State Department, reports ITAR-TASS.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton regrets the decision of the Government of Belarus to interrupt the OSCE mission in Minsk, — said in a statement. — The mandate of the mission is not yet complete, as evidenced by a critical assessment of the OSCE's presidential election. Elections and their consequences, in particular, arrest of the presidential candidates, and new detentions and attacks on the media are a step backwards in the development of democratic governance in Belarus. they (Clinton and Ashton) urge the immediate release of all detainees.

Clinton and Ashton calls on the Belarusian authorities to fulfill their obligations to the OSCE, to reform the electoral process and to a greater degree of respect for human rights. OSCE performs an important job in the country, in particular, on the development of public institutions and Civil Society, as well as strengthening the rule of law. The United States and the European Union remains ready to assist Belarus in meeting OSCE commitments in the field of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms. "

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