Ambassador Kelly: Belarus after December 19 fell into isolation

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Ian Kelly called on the Belarusian authorities to stop the policy of repression, release political prisoners and to change its earlier decision to close the OSCE office in Minsk. Ambassador Kelly held a video conference for Belarusian journalists.

The U.S. representative to the OSCE Ian Kelly used a video conference with Belarusian journalists to reiterate the permanence of U.S. policy towards the Belarusian authorities following the events of December 19 last year:

"We have repeatedly condemned the actions of the Belarusian authorities on December 19. We have repeatedly called for the unconditional release of all those detained. Together with the European Union we have made measures against those responsible for the repression. In addition, we believe it is very important to continue the OSCE mission in Minsk. "

During a video conference.

Special attention is paid Ian Kelly to the fact that the Belarusian authorities did not renew the mandate of the OSCE Office in Minsk. The mandate has finished on March 31. This decision is the official representative of the United States Minsk called erroneous, and the OSCE mission in Belarus — unfinished. Ian Kelly expressed his hope that the Belarusian authorities to finally change their minds and leave the OSCE office in Minsk. But even otherwise, the OSCE will continue to support the projects of civil society, which had begun the Minsk office of the organization, will intensify its work with Belarus Warsaw office of the organization. These projects will not only continue, but intensify, — assured the ambassador Kelly.

In the near future is going to visit the Minsk OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, who wants to study the situation with the harassment of the independent press in Belarus.

We want to see was a common Euro-Atlantic integration, it is useful and for Belarus, and for us.

Ambassador Kelly once again called on the Belarusian authorities to release political prisoners and to respect their rights, provide access to lawyers and families, which, in his opinion, is not observed in recent years, and in general to stop the policy of repression, respect the freedoms of speech and assembly, the rule of law and separation of powers — the principles that Belarus has taken over, joining the OSCE.

At the same time, Ian Kelly acknowledged that the OSCE has not any power tools to make the Belarusian authorities to implement these principles and calls — only dialogue, good will, the establishment of mutual trust, the continued integration of Belarus into the Euro-Atlantic space:

"I do not want to Belarus was isolated country in Central Europe. But with these I'm afraid of reprisals, that Belarus in a political sense, was isolated. We do not want to put up with this situation, we want to had a common Euro-Atlantic integration, it is useful both for Belarus and for us. And I hope that it is the OSCE can serve as a place and a forum for discussion of such issues. "

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Ian Kelly expressed his belief that the fate of Belarus is in Europe, is to be an integrated part of the European community and civilization.



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