The High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Jospe Borrell, called on the Belarusian authorities this Sunday to hold new presidential elections in the presence of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE).
For Borrell, the best solution to the political crisis is a re-election “under the control of the OSCE,” according to a column published this Sunday in the French newspaper “Journal du Dimanche”. “Until then, we can only express our concern. We must punish those responsible if the EU is to be coherent,” he added, referring to the sanctions process initiated by Brussels.
Lukashenko won the August 9 elections, which the opposition condemned as fraudulent. Lukashenko’s main political supporter, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has given assurances that the OSCE has declined an invitation from Minsk to send observers.
“This conflict does not confront Europe with Russia, but Belarus with its leaders. The protesters who reject the election results do not have the EU flag, but the old flag of the country,” argued Borrell in his article.
Borrell, for example, regretted that Moscow “wants to prevent Europeans from helping civil society that grew up against fraudulent presidential elections”.