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02 December 2021, 14:08

PA adopts statement on migrant crisis on Belarus-EU border

MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – Members of the Parliamentary Assembly adopted a statement on the migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and the EU at a meeting of the 61st session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

"Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia are seriously concerned about the difficult situation of refugees from the Middle East on the border of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania. The situation is a result of the policy of aggressive intervention in the affairs of developing countries by the United States of America and the European Union,” the statement reads.

Most of the refugees hail from countries that suffered a NATO military intervention, which destroyed the peaceful life and the foundations of the state in these countries. The European Union, instead of constructive interaction with the Republic of Belarus, which for the first time faced a wave of migration towards Europe, actually is keeping itself aloof from the problem,” the statement said. “The use of a policy of double standards with regard to the protection of human rights, international law and the principles of humanism is obvious. Polish law enforcement agencies, blocking the border crossing, used tear gas, water cannons and firearms against peaceful defenseless people, including children, which we consider unacceptable."

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia are convinced that such irresponsible policy of Western countries, artificial escalation of the situation and aggravation of the migrant crisis should receive an adequate assessment and become the subject of investigation by the relevant international structures and organizations.

"We call on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and other agencies of the European Union to give an objective public assessment of such radical actions and take concrete measures to resolve the crisis. We hope for common sense and the constructive approach from the EU and the USA to the fulfillment of their international obligations in the field of refugee rights," the document concludes.

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