MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – Belarus' invitation of the OSCE and the Council of Europe to observe the presidential election in the country is a good sign, Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) Kent Harstedt said as he met with Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Viktor Guminsky on 22 September, BelTA has learned.
Kent Harstedt thanked the Belarusian side for the invitation to take part in the monitoring of the presidential election in the country. “It is a good sign that you have invited us and the Council of Europe whose representatives will monitor the election for the first time in many years,” he said. The OSCE PA Vice President praised the fact that Belarus had invited the necessary number of OSCE observers. The OSCE observation mission will comprise at least 40 MPs from different countries.
According to Kent Harstedt, a certain level of cooperation has already been established, which will simplify the work of short-term observers. He added, however, that it was too early to make any conclusions. The assessment will be given after the election.
The OSCE/ODIHR long-term observation mission is currently working in Belarus. The mission is led by Jacques Faure. The mission comprises more than 40 observers. The short-term observation mission will include over 400 people.