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US, UK and EU urge Belarus to hold free and fair elections

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US, UK and EU urge Belarus to hold free and fair elections

Diplomatic missions of the USA, Great Britain and the EU publish a joint statement on the upcoming presidential elections in Belarus

Diplomatic missions of the USA, Great Britain and the European Union publish a joint statement on the presidential elections in Belarus.

The authors of the statement welcomed the progress achieved in relations with Belarus over the past few years, noting numerous positive changes in cooperation and reaffirming the desire to continue this positive interaction with Belarus based on common values..

“Due to the fact that Belarus is starting the process of electing its president, we call on the Belarusian authorities to take the necessary measures to hold safe, peaceful, free and fair elections and ensure fundamental freedoms,” the statement said..

The authors of the statement called on Belarus to issue an official invitation to the OSCE / ODIHR observers in a timely manner, to demonstrate its readiness to make progress in implementing the recommendations of their previous reports, to ensure a fair and transparent candidate registration process, and to accept the World Health Organization’s recommendations on social distancing in the context of the pandemic.

The statement also highlights the importance of ensuring media freedom and the right to peaceful assembly and expresses concern over the recent detentions of peaceful protestors and arrests of journalists..

“The presence of tangible steps taken by Belarus to ensure respect for universal fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and human rights will remain a key factor in shaping our future policy towards Belarus,” the authors of the statement emphasize..

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US, UK and EU urge Belarus to hold free and fair elections

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