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05 May 2023, 14:39

Belarus' upper house of parliament adopts statement with regard to PACE resolution

MINSK, 5 May (BelTA) - The presidium of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus adopted a statement in connection with the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the displacement of Ukrainian children, BelTA learned from the press service of the upper house of parliament.

“The Presidium of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus is outraged by the resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) “Deportation and forced transfer of Ukrainian children and other civilians to the Russian Federation or to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory: creating conditions for their safe return, ending these crimes and punishing those responsible” and the reference to the Republic of Belarus in this document,” the statement reads. “This is another vivid example of how European politicians and MPs have become hostages of their own game of censorship and dirty propaganda regarding the events in Ukraine. The highest cynicism is the distortion by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of the humanitarian mission to save civilians, including children and women.”

At the same time, contrary to common sense and conscience, numerous facts of the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of residential areas in Donetsk and Luhansk by Western weapons are hushed up. “This is the very real genocide, the manifestation in action of the unconditional fulfillment by the Ukrainian authorities of the guidelines of their Western handlers - to wage war in Ukraine to the last Ukrainian,” the document says. “We emphasize once again: the Republic of Belarus is a peace-loving democratic social state governed by the rule of law, for which human beings, their rights and freedoms are the highest value and goal. Our country conscientiously observes international treaties on human rights, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to flee the hostilities, chaos and destruction found a second home in Belarus. Today they are our people, Belarusian Ukrainians, who receive the necessary state protection and support. Ukrainian children regularly undergo rehabilitation in recreation camps in Belarus, thanks to which they can experience a happy and carefree childhood. We are convinced that it is not for the officials from the Council of Europe, who openly support the conflict in Ukraine, to determine what relations between the Belarusian and Ukrainian peoples should be and how we should live.”

The presidium of the Council of the Republic strongly condemns the continuing attempts of the PACE to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus and other sovereign states, confrontational approaches and unfriendly rhetoric. “We once again call for the development of constructive inter-parliamentary cooperation and the building of a civilized dialogue between countries and peoples around the world. Belarusians are a responsive people who throughout their history have been extending and are extending a helping hand to all those who need it most. This national trait is rightly our pride,” the statement reads.

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