23 November

German Foreign Ministry insists on holding free election in Belarus


Positive signals from Minsk should become more distinct, told a deputy Foreign Minister of Germany Gernot Erler at the opening ceremony of the 10th Minsk Forum on November 22.

He noted that Belarus is a part of Europe, and the EU is not interested in the countrys isolation. Deputy Minister expressed regret that Belarus is formally not a part of the EU Neighbourhood policy so far. He noted a gap between potential of Belarus and the actual situation in the issues of cooperation with the EU. As said by him, the reason for that is known: Unfortunately, the situation in Belarus is far from universally acknowledged values and standards of the OSCE democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights. Gernot Erler has underlined that the EU has brought forward its proposals and is ready to become a partner in the process of modernization of Belarus, the BelaPAN informs.

Deputy Minister has underlined the role of the country in guaranteeing common European security. Besides, as said by him, the potential of economic relations hasnt been exhausted.

Positive signals from Minsk, according to Deputy Minister, are a decision of the authorities to allow holding the European March and Social March to the opposition. Among the negative signals he mentioned pressure on representatives of opposition and their arrests before the rallies.

Gernot Erler has also underlined that for adequate answers for globalization challenges and for forming a new policy in the sphere of energy security not only new approaches, but a creative civil society and essential values are necessary: separation of powers, free election and independent court system.

Deputy Minister of Germany called upon the official Minsk to make positive signals more distinct. For instance, as said by him, Belarusian authorities can amnesty political prisoners, hold the nearest election transparently and fairly, and to start a dialogue with opposition.