Azubalis: closure of the OSCE Office — a loss for civil society in Belarus

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OSCE Chairman, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Azubalis expressed regret over the closure of the representative office in Minsk.

Azubalis noted that the OSCE mission in Minsk, "his help and advice has made a significant contribution to the (…) fulfill the obligations of membership in the OSCE and the creation of a civil society. It also helps countries to address environmental problems after the Chernobyl accident and provided assistance in dealing with other important issues. "

According to Azubalis, one can only regret that the Belarusian authorities have decided not to renew the mandate of the OSCE Office in Minsk. "So the important initiatives and projects remain unfinished, and Civil Society Belarus loses a valuable participant in the dialogue. "

He added that the OSCE will continue to work with Belarus in the framework of the obligations that exist: Lithuania, "which presides in the OSCE to continue diplomatic efforts, and will consult closely with the Belarusian authorities in the restoration work of the OSCE in the country," Interfax reported.

March 31 in Minsk ceased operations office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The OSCE Mission has worked in Belarus in 1998. The decision to close the office adopted Belarusian authorities to end 2010.

December 31 Representative of Belarus to the International Organizations in Vienna Alexander Sychev informed the members of the Permanent Council of the OSCE Minsk official decision not to renew the mandate of the office of the organization due to "lack of objective justification for maintaining the mission."

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