Albania

Rama, as OSCE Chairman, offers to visit Belarus to support dialogue

Latest update: 18/08/2020 - 10:38
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The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, in the capacity of the Head of the OSCE, has reacted to the situation created in Belarus.

Rama expressed his readiness to visit the country together with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, who will assume the chairmanship of the OSCE after Albania’s mandate.

“We reiterate our concerns about the conduct of the Presidential election on 9 August 2020, which could not be observed by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and the disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters, widespread detentions and alleged torture and mistreatment by the security forces”, says the OSCE declaration, adding that an open and constructive dialogue is needed to find a way forward in Belarus.

The OSCE has expressed its readiness to support dialogue and engage with all stakeholders.

“The OSCE Chairmanship reiterates the urgent need for full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments, including the promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights, and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity”, the announcement was.