EU Council and Belarus

Thu, 2006-05-04 22:00
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The European Union (EU) has a vision for building a common neighbourhood across the European
continent. This vision is based on our shared attachment to democracy, the foundation upon which the European Union itself is built, and on the shared commitments that this entails.
Thu, 2006-04-27 22:00

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), issued the following statement following the detention in Minsk of Alyaksandr  Milinkevich and other opposition leaders: "I am deeply disturbed by the arrest and imprisonment of Mr Alyaksandr Milinkevich and other opposition leaders for taking part in a rally, as well as of others exercising their legitimate political rights. I also reiterate the EU's call to the Belarusian authorities to swiftly liberate all political prisoners previously detained, including Mr Alyaksandr Kazulin."

Tue, 2006-04-18 22:00

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union Council Common Position 2006/276/CFSP of 10 April 2006 concerning restrictive measures against certain officials of Belarus and repealing Common Position 2004/661/CFSP. The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this declaration.

Wed, 2006-03-22 22:00
The European Union has taken note of the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR  International Election Observation Mission, which notably state that the Belarus. Presidential elections failed to meet OSCE commitments for democratic elections. The European Union agrees with this assessment. In particular, the Union deplores what  the OSCE observers see as the arbitrary use of state power, the absence of a level playing field, the pattern of intimidation, the suppression of independent voices as well as  problems with early voting, the vote count and the tabulation process.
Mon, 2006-03-20 22:00
The Council discussed the presidential election held on 19 March. After the discussion, the Presidency urged the Belarusian authorities to allow the people of Belarus to exercise their right of assembly and freedom of expression in line with their OSCE commitments and cautioned the government not to threaten or detain those eercising their political rights in the coming days and beyond.
Sun, 2006-03-19 22:00

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), made the following comments to the media after the elections in Belarus that took place on 19 March 2006. "I am saddened by the conduct of the Belarusian presidential elections. The preliminary report by OSCE election observers concludes that the elections did not meet international standards. The elections did not allow citizens to freely and fairly express their will at the ballot box. All this casts a shadow over the legitimacy of the electoral process."


Fri, 2006-03-17 22:00
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.
Fri, 2006-03-17 22:00

The EU has learned with deep regret about the decision of the Supreme Court of the  Republic of Belarus to close the Belarusian Union of Youth and Children’s Public
associations “RADA”. This decision is another serious blow to the development of civil  society in Belarus.

Thu, 2006-03-09 22:00
The European Union is very concerned about the situation in the run-up to the 19 March. Presidential elections in Belarus and the continuing deterioration of the human rights  situation in the country. Therefore, the European Union calls on the Belarusian authorities to take all necessary steps in order to assure a free and fair electoral process.
Fri, 2006-02-03 22:00
The European Union and United States recall their wish to have closer and better relations with Belarus and reaffirm their determination to support democracy and civil society in Belarus. In view of their shared concern at developments surrounding forthcoming Presidential elections, the European Union and the United States had agreed to make a joint high-level visit to Minsk to convey these concerns to the Belarusian government.