President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: I call upon the EU leaders to assess the situation in Belarus

2020-08-10

President Gitanas Nausėda supports the address by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to the top leaders of the EU institutions, Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission and Charles Mitchel of the European Council, urging the EU to pay due attention to the worrying situation in Belarus and to support hopes and expectations the Belorussian people.

“At this stage, people of Belarus who want change in their country need the support of the international community and the European Union. I support the proposal of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to hold an extraordinary EU Summit to discuss the situation in Belarus. The aspirations of the citizens of Belarus deserve adequate attention from the EU and Western countries”, the President said.

On the night of 9 August, Presidents of Lithuania and Poland released a statement calling upon the Belorussian authorities to adhere to democratic standards, respect human and civil rights, and refrain from the use of force in the face of mass protests. Still on the night from Sunday to Monday, a wave of protests and clashes with police broke out after the announcement of the preliminary results of the presidential election in Belarus: thousands of protesters were arrested and dozens injured.

According to the President, elections in Belarus cannot be considered democratic and transparent after the country failed to ensure safe, free and fair elections.

“Citizens’ rights, freedom of speech and expression were not respected in these elections. I urge the Belorussian authorities to release all peaceful protesters, journalists as well as representatives of the civil society detained during the elections and, together with the Polish leaders, I call upon the heads of the EU institutions to respond to the situation in Belarus at the highest level”, the President said.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.08.10 17:13

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