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Elections in Belarus should be held again: deputy FM

The presidential elections in Belarus should be held once again under the supervision of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz told the Polish Radio on Wednesday.

On that matter, he supported Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s postulate that the repeated elections should be held in 2021.

“From the very beginning of the crisis, that is, from August 9, 2020, the entire Euro-Atlantic community has called for a repeat of the election process, recognising that the one that was carried out in August did not meet civilised standards,” Mr Przydacz stated.

The Deputy Foreign Minister pointed out that OSCE and other international organisations “have a large role to play” in supervising the process with regard to the compliance with not only the Belarusian law, but also the international standard.

“However, for this you need the minimum will and consent of the authorities in Minsk,” he said, adding that a lot depends on how strong the pressure on Belarusian authorities will be “over the next few months.”

Referring to the detention of representatives of the Polish minority in Belarus, Mr Przydacz assured that “our consular service tried to intervene wherever these persons were arrested.”

“This is not an accidental action by the authorities in Minsk. Following successive groups being targeted by Alexander Lukashenko, unfortunately, Poles are also subject to repression today. There is no consent from the Polish government, and there will never be,” he stated.

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