Today, the staff of the OSCE Office in Minsk was carried out of the building and the furniture removed signs. December 31 last year, the Belarusian authorities announced the closure of the OSCE Office in Belarus and were given time for maintenance eviction mission. OSCE Office in Minsk worked from 1998.
Near the building in Minsk, where the office of the OSCE, there are still sign and flag of the organization. Answering machine announces that "you've reached the OSCE office in Minsk." However, the office does not work. And his eviction last until the end of March, said on the phone:
"The OSCE Office in Minsk as an organization have been closed. Closure of the office is. "
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that the position of the Belarusian side does not change. It sounded more December 31, Foreign Ministry spokesman Belarus Andrei Savinykh. He said the closure "due to the absence of objective justification for maintaining the OSCE mission in Belarus."
According to the Secretary of the Central Election Commission Nikolai Lozovik, office "we do not need it." On further cooperation with experts from the OSCE democratization of the electoral law, Mr. Lozowick noted that "they are completely discredited themselves with their biased estimates and their vile behavior":
"Diplomats and representatives of the OSCE knew what contributed to the democratization of the election officials of the electoral process, and as a result they recommended, in fact, his report the EU leadership to impose restrictive sanctions on the organizers of the election. Otherwise, how the names I can not name it. "
For nearly three months against the official Minsk there were demands to reverse the decision to close the OSCE office in Minsk. Deplored the U.S. and the EU. Acholnitsy foreign ministers of the United States and the European Union Hillary Clinton andCatherine Ashton in a statement noted 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. Failed to persuade the official Minsk and representatives of Lithuania, which is January 1, chairing the OSCE.
Head of the working group on Belarus in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Uta Zapf said the correspondent of "Freedom" that the absence of the office will not keep long term observations of the situation in Belarus.
"It is needless to say, it would be great if the office of the OSCE could stay in Belarus. But at the end of this month it closes, it's already been decided. They need to clear the room, and, I think, is not something new to get better quickly. "
Political scientist Andrei Fedorov believes that the Belarusian authorities have decided to close the office to clear away the extra eyes.
"It was strong resentment because of the ODIHR report with the presidential election. Authorities believe that strongly contributed to this office staff, though, I think this is not quite true. But in the past have been striving to remove something from this office, as he eyesore and watches. "
And deepen the isolation of the official Minsk eviction office?
"I think, in this state, which now There Belarusian leadership, it does not deepen the isolation, because it is already so deep and so. And this little thing is not strongly affected by this isolation, will not add to it. "