Austria, with the participation of Tsikhanouskaya’s Office, is holding a conference on resolving the crisis in Belarus. Updated

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На русском языке: Австрия при участии Офиса Тихановской проводит конференцию по разрешению кризиса в Беларуси. Обновляется
На беларускай мове: Аўстрыя пры ўдзеле Офіса Ціханоўскай праводзяць канферэнцыю па вырашэнні крызісу ў Беларусі. Абнаўляецца

A high-level conference on resolving the crisis in Belarus has started today in Austria. During the conference, the democratic forces of Belarus are discussing with representatives of the EU and the United States a joint strategy for further actions to resolve the political crisis in the country. The main theses of the conference are in our review.

Chancellor of Austria Alexander Schallenberg said that the situation in Belarus is unacceptable: both the human rights crisis and the artificially created migrant crisis.

European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the future of Belarus is a priority for Europe. Europe should provide support to victims of repression, media, as well as provide vaccines for Belarusians. He recalled that Belarus will receive 3 billion euros to stabilize the economy after the future transit of power. Macroeconomic assistance will be provided for future reforms, private business, the return of legality, the Telegram channel of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya reports.

Heiko Maas, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, spoke about the torture of political prisoners in Belarus, criticized the announced referendum and stressed that the EU continues to work on sanctions against the regime: last week the basis of the fifth package was adopted, which included judges, prosecutors, security services involved in repressions. Europe and Germany also support the building of cases under universal jurisdiction to stop lawlessness. At the end, Maas said that the voice of the democratic forces of Belarus should be heard at the Eastern Partnership Summit.

Zbigniew Rau, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, said that Belarusians paid a huge price for their dream, people died. In his opinion, in terms of expanding the sanctions list, Europe and the United States should be united, and European politicians should not allow the return of the status quo that was in Belarus before the 2020 elections.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya,  the leader of the democratic forces, in her final speech reminded European politicians that Europe cannot be safe while Lukashenka is in power.

«He’s not credible. We must remain united. We must to be consistent. We must remember that there are millions of Belarusians who strive for freedom and count on us».

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