Blanar: I Welcome EU’s Decision to Look into Situation in Belarus

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House Foreign Affairs Committe chair Juraj Blanar (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 12 (TASR) – House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Juraj Blanar (opposition’s Smer-SD) voiced his support on Wednesday for the stance adopted by the EU, which wants to look into the situation in Belarus, TASR learnt on the same day.
Blanar regrets the fact that European institutions didn’t send their representatives to monitor the Belarussian presidential race.

“I support the stance by the EU to look into the situation at hand. It’s a pity that the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly failed to send their election monitors to Belarus, despite the fact that the invitation by the Belarussian side was extended beyond the usual schedule,” Blanar told TASR. He believes that sending the monitoring mission was supposed to be a priority and we could “have had first-hand information by now”.

Blanar condemned the violence that erupted following the announcement of the election results. “What’s important for Belarus right now is to have both sides seek a non-violent form of dialogue,” he added.

On Tuesday (August 11), the EU declared that Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus was neither free nor just.

Long-serving president Alexander Lukashenko was proclaimed the winner by the Central Election Commission with 80.08 percent of votes, with his challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya garnering the support of 10.09 percent. Tsikhanouskaya and other presidential hopefuls have refused to recognise the official results, maintaining that the vote was rigged.