In connection with the protests in Belarus, the European Union and Canada call on President Alexander Lukashenko to hold dialogue with the OSCE and demand that the organization's representatives be allowed to enter the country. This is noted in a joint statement by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne that is published on the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to Belarus.
"Belarus has international obligations, which we expect the authorities to respect. As an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating state, Belarus has committed to holding genuinely democratic elections and to upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms. Only a peaceful and democratic process can de-escalate the situation and provide sustainable solutions. Therefore, we support the Albanian OSCE chairmanship-in-office proposal to support dialogue in Belarus by a joint visit with the incoming OSCE chairperson-in-office, Sweden. We call on the Belarusian authorities to accept this proposal without delay. We call on all other OSCE participating states to support this proposal as well," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and over 100 officials and public servants were put on Lithuania's sanctions list.