Head of EP delegation for relations with Belarus, Jacek Protasiewicz, said at the hearings on the situation in Belarus on January 19 that the EU should support the "moral winner of the presidential elections," that is the Belarusian opposition. According to Jacek Protasiewicz,, the EU should refrain from any relationship with the official Minsk because of the illegitimate results of the recent elections in Belarus.
«International funds and we ourselves shouldn’t have anything to do with the Belarusian authorities, as the elections were not democratic and legitimate. It is time for new solutions and new policies regarding the Lukashenko regime, including the use of sanctions. Not only visa sanctions, but also the economic ones to be used pointwise,» the chairman of the European Parliament delegation said.
January 19, all the MEPs expressed their willingness to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, as well as to increase support for civil society and media, BelaPAN.
EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said, summing up the debate on the situation in Belarus, that there’s the need to pursue a tough line, «showing that the violation of the principles of democracy, freedom of speech and assembly are not allowed.»
«Belarus should move forward on the path of democracy, and the international community should provide support when the country needs it,» Catherine Ashton said.
As Telegraf previously reported, following the discussion, the European Parliament intends to adopt a resolution which will reflect, inter alia, the EU common position on the introduction of visa bans against the Belarusian officials. Voting on the document is scheduled for January 20.