Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly gathered in Vilnius, on 11-13 October for the 2nd Vilnius Seminar on Belarus, organized jointly by the Assembly and the parliament of Lithuania. The purpose of this seminar was to receive updated perspectives on the political, economic and human rights situation in Belarus, and to discuss how international community can best encourage democratic change in Belarus. The 70 participants in the seminar included legislators, members of the Belarusian democratic opposition, EU and NATO officials, diplomats, NGO representatives, and international relations specialists who focus on Belarus.
President Pierre Lellouche and the Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee during a meeting in Gdynia, Poland, approved a declaration which strongly condemns the unacceptable way in which the presidential elections in Belarus have been conducted. Below is the full text of the declaration.
At the invitation of its Lithuanian delegation, the NATO PA co-organized a seminar in Vilnius on Friday and Saturday 23 and 24 September on the current situation in Belarus. The seminar brought together representatives of the democratic opposition and civil society in Belarus with NATO PA members and representatives of other international organizations. The aim was to assess, with the help of the Belarussian representatives, what further action the international community, and particularly the NATO PA, could take that will assist the country to return to democracy.