BNP recommendations for Gymnich meeting of EU countries foreign affairs ministers

The Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum adopted the civil society’s statement suggesting several recommendations for the international community with regard to the current situation in Belarus.

The Belarusian National Platform maintains that the only possible solution for the current political crisis is to engage in negotiations with the authorities. However, these negotiations can only take place between legitimate representatives of the protesters, namely the Coordination Council, and the Belarusian authorities.

Moreover, external mediation from either Russia, the EU or the OSCE would only further complicate the situation. Therefore, the Belarusian National Platform highlights the importance of receiving guarantees of non-interference in the internal affairs of Belarus.

Still, a possible way in which the EU and Russia can offer their help is persuading Belarusian authorities to engage in a dialogue with the representatives of the protesters.

Read previous statements on the situation in Belarus here and here.

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