Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/belarus : Executive Favours Quick Reaction to Repressions in Belarus

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/belarus : Executive Favours Quick Reaction to Repressions in Belarus

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The European Commission has spoken in favour of a quick, decisive and two-fold reaction to the brutal crackdown by the Belarusian regime on post-election protests, on 19-20 December 2010 in Minsk. Addressing an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), on 12 January, Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule advocated imposing "in a matter of days" a set of sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his regime, accompanied by strong support for the country's opposition, civil society, independent media and students. "We must react properly by using targeted measures against the Belarusian authorities but without isolating ordinary citizens," said Fule.

He sais the sanctions are likely to include a visa ban on high-ranking officials responsible for the 19-20 December repressions, including Lukashenko. The measures aim at supporting democratic movements in the country and should, according to Fule, include concrete support for the opposition, independent media and civil society as well as a visa facilitation system to ease administrative and financial burdens on Belarusian citizens who want to travel to or study in the EU. "We should keep channels of direct support to civil society, opposition and independent media open," said Fule. "Visa facilitation should remain on top of our agenda," he added.

Fule argued against expelling Belarus from the Eastern Partnership initiative, suggesting that "it is essential that the current crisis is managed within the regional context too. …

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