The European Union does not recognize the takeover of Alexandr Lukashenko as president of Belarusfor the “false results” of the presidential elections held in the country on August 9, the high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, said on Thursday.
“The European Union does not recognize the falsified results. On this basis, the so-called ‘inauguration’ of September 23 and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko lack all democratic legitimacy“Borrell said in a statement.
In light of the current situation, “the EU is reviewing its relations with Belarus”, he indicated.
Borrell reiterated that the presidential elections of August 9 “They were neither free nor fair.”
And he added that the ceremony held in Belarus on Wednesday “directly contradicts the will of a large part of the population” of the country, “as has been said – he noted – in numerous peaceful protests unprecedented since the elections “and serving” to deepen the political crisis in Belarus. “
The EU position “is clear: Belarusian citizens deserve the right to be represented by those to whom choose freely through new elections inclusive, transparent and credible, “said Borrell.
He also indicated that the Twenty-seven are “impressed” by the courage of the population of Belarus, “who continues to demonstrate peacefully for democracy and their fundamental rights despite the brutal repression by the authorities “of that country.
Borrel calls for an end to repression and violence
The head of European diplomacy underscored solidarity with Belarusian citizens and supported their right to elect a president under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Borrell also reiterated that he expects the Belarusian authorities to immediately cease the acts of repression and violence and to immediately and unconditionally release detainees, “including political prisoners.”
In this context, he indicated that the EU is convinced that an inclusive national dialogue that responds to the requests of the country’s population in favor of new elections are “the only way to find a way out of the serious political crisis.”
The authoritarian president of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, was sworn in on Wednesday in a ceremony that was kept secret until the last moment because of the wave of anti-government protests living in this former Soviet republic since the elections of August 9.
The president signed the act of the oath, after which he received his credentials as head of state from the president of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Belarus, Lidia Yermóshina.