Eu/belarus : Eu Sends Message to the People of Belarus
'Our message is that as soon as the country indicates its willingness to move towards true democracy, human rights and rule of law, we will be ready to enter into a full partnership with Belarus within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy,' said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, commenting on the aim of a document sent to the Belarus authorities.
Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner announced on 21 November that the Commission has passed on a document to Belarus authorities in Minsk and Brussels telling them about significant opportunities which the country is missing by not actively participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
'The people of Belarus have a right to know what they are missing,' said Ferrero-Waldner. 'I hope the people of Belarus will see this paper as a chance to look towards a democratic future, and that the government of Belarus will take this opportunity to begin the reforms their people need, and end their isolation,' she added.
The Commission's document lists the advantages resulting from the country's participation in the ENP. It makes clear, however, that Belarus can become a full participant of the ENP only if it respects human rights, democracy and rule of law, and fulfils its commitments as a member of the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The Commission lists certain conditions that the Minsk authorities need to fulfil to enable Belarus to take full advantage of the ENP. …