The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, defended in front of her Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei the need for the government of Alexander Lukashenko to enter into a dialogue with the opposition in the face of the crisis the country is falling into the presidential election on August 9th.
“I expressed (my) deep concern to the Belarusian Foreign Minister about the post-election fraud situation,” the minister said after the telephone conversation on her Twitter, referring to Lukashenko’s election victory, the outcome of which is recognized by the opposition and much of the international community not this.
“The violence must stop and the arbitrarily detained citizens must be released,” said González Laya. The re-election of Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, for his sixth term has sparked an unprecedented wave of protests that have so far killed two dead, hundreds injured and thousands arrested.
For example, the head of Spanish diplomacy has claimed that “a dialogue must begin with the opposition and civil society”, in line with the message given by the state from other European capitals on the last day before the extraordinary summit of heads of state or government and the EU government this Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Belarus.