Comments by Javier SOLANA, following Belarusian Foreign Minister Martynau’s warning to EU Ambassadors in Minsk

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), expressed his indignation and surprise at the warning of Belarusian Foreign Minister Martynau. He recalled that full responsibility for upholding the fundamental rights and guaranteeing the safety of the Belarusian population lies with the authorities of Belarus. 

He reminded that the Belarusian authorities should know that the use of violence on peaceful demonstrators exercising their indisputable right of freedom of expression and assembly would meet with a strong international reaction Belarusian Foreign Minister Martynau warned yesterday EU Ambassadors in Minsk that all responsibility for possible consequences of mass disorder will lie with the opposition and the governments which support it.