MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) - The House of Representatives Standing Commission on Ecology, Nature Management and the Chernobyl Disaster and the Standing Commission on International Affairs met for a joint session on 29 June to discuss the construction of barriers in transboundary protected areas, consequences of such actions and possible solutions to such problems, BelTA has learned.
“Belarus has always been absolutely committed to its international obligations. If we deal with any issues, be it protection of biodiversity or peace consolidation, we always do our best to ensure a positive outcome. When we see behavior that clearly deviates from international principles, from the obligations that countries have undertaken under international treaties, we cannot remain silent. Today we are going to discuss this situation and express our principled opinion on the issue,” Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Savinykh said.
Attending the event are representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, and the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The participants of the meeting plan to discuss the installation of barriers on the border with Belarus, including on the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the World Heritage Site of UNESCO, short-term and long-term consequences from the installation of barriers within the borders of specially protected natural areas, and also ways to attract the attention of international organizations to the illegal actions of Poland.
“A large number of people support our position. A large number of environmental organizations, public organizations in Western Europe share our concerns. Their voice has not been heard yet,” the MP said.