Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine call on Belarus' authorities not to use force against protester

  • 2020-08-11
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The foreign ministers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine issued a joint statement on Monday evening urging Belarus' authorities not to use force and to release detained protesters.

"As Foreign Ministers of Lublin Triangle States, we are deeply concerned with escalation of the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections and call upon the authorities to refrain from the use of force and to release all those detained last night," they said.

The ministers underlined the importance of human rights and offered their help in facilitating dialog. 

"Respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights, including democracy and rule of law, is essential for further development of independent and sovereign Belarus, which we fully support," the joint statement reads. 

"We are confident that only by means of dialogue the current situation can be resolved for the benefit of the people and the state of Belarus. In case of the need, we are open for any assistance or good offices in facilitating this dialogue".   

"The well-being and prosperity of Belarus and its people are important for the entire Europe and specifically our region," the ministers said.

"We are all interested in continuing mutually beneficial dialogue as well as cooperation based upon democratic values and focused on creating conditions for a common and stable future." they said.

Belarus' Central Electoral Commission, loyal to President Alexander Lukashenko, announced on Monday that he had won a sixth term after a landslide victory in Sunday's election. 

The result, dismissed by the opposition as a sham, sparked protests in Minsk and other Belarusian cities. Tens of people were injured in clashes with riot police.