UN: dialogue should begin immediately in Belarus

The UN Secretary-General is concerned about reports of tactics to intimidate civil society, media, and opposition representatives in Belarus.

The crisis in Belarus can only be resolved by Belarusians through a broad dialogue — it must begin immediately. This was stated in the statement of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said his official representative Stefan Dujarrick on Friday, September 11.

“The Secretary-General stresses that the current crisis can be resolved by the Belarusian people only through a broad, inclusive dialogue, which should begin immediately in the interests of stability,” Dujarrik said.

According to him, Guterres is concerned about reports of tactics of intimidation of civil society, media, and opposition representatives.

“The Secretary-General calls on the authorities to refrain from using force against those who participate in peaceful gatherings and to ensure that allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of people in detention are fully investigated and addressed,” Dujarrik added.

Recall that the EU and U.S. authorities are agreeing on “targeted sanctions” against Belarus. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigen said they “should be a clear signal to those who promote violence in Belarus.

Recall that Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have already included 30 citizens of Belarus in the sanctions list, among which is also President Alexander Lukashenko.

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