Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya sent a letter to the President of the ICAO Council

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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya sent a letter to the President of the ICAO Council, in which she spoke about the events in Belarus since 2020 and recalled that since the hijacking of the Ryanair plane in Belarus, two people – Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega – have been taken hostage.

In the letter, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said that the incident was a deliberate, pre-planned, cold-blooded operation to arrest the opponent, and representatives of the regime from the very beginning provided false information about the incident.

«The situation of utter disregard for human lives and disrespect for the rules faced by the crew and passengers on board shocked the world. But for Belarusians, such disregard is not surprising. We were subjected to such treatment before, during and after the incident, and on a national scale,» Tsikhanouskaya wrote in the letter.

The politician called on ICAO to support the position that the regime’s concealment of facts is a deliberate obstruction of the investigation conducted by ICAO.

«The regime did not try to critically assess this event, reassure passengers or apologize for the stress and inconvenience to the crew and Ryanair. When faced with a barrage of criticism, it did not try to analyze systemic inconsistencies and suggest improvements to prevent similar situations in future. On the contrary, officials from the very beginning chose to give false information, tried to divert attention from the responsibility of the regime, tarnish the pilots of the flight and ridicule the reaction of the international community,» Tsikhanouskaya said.

In addition, the politician drew attention to the fact that an indictment was filed in the United States against the leadership of Belaeronavigatsia and two employees of the state security service in connection with a conspiracy to commit a pirate seizure of an aircraft, which endangered the four US citizens, who were on it, urged to attach the testimony to the report provided to the Polish authorities by Oleg Galegov, an air traffic controller who was in the control room during the operation to forcibly land the Ryanair aircraft. She also called for sending the report to the President of the UN Security Council, as this incident has become a threat to international peace and security, and proposed to make the ICAO report public and discuss her letter at the meeting of the ICAO Council on January 31, as well as to do everything to ensure that this report marks the beginning of a comprehensive and complete investigation into the hijacking of the aircraft.

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