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G7 Foreign Ministers lambast Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting, dedicated to the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, in Minsk, Belarus, November 16, 2021. (Reuters)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting, dedicated to the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, in Minsk, Belarus, November 16, 2021. (Reuters)
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19 Nov 2021 03:11:25 GMT9
19 Nov 2021 03:11:25 GMT9

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TOKYO: In response to the migrant crisis on the Belarus-Poland border, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries and a representative from the European Union issued a statement on Thursday.

The statement did not pull any punches, criticizing the actions of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko.

“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn the Belarus regime’s orchestration of irregular migration across its borders. These callous acts are putting peoples’ lives at risk. We are united in our solidarity with Poland, as well as Lithuania and Latvia, who have been targeted by this provocative use of irregular migration as a hybrid tactic.”

“We call on the regime to cease immediately its aggressive and exploitative campaign in order to prevent further deaths and suffering,” they said.

The group also called assistance to international organizations and for “immediate and unhindered access to deliver humanitarian assistance.”

The statement continued: “The actions of the Belarusian regime are an attempt to deflect attention from its ongoing disregard for international law, fundamental freedoms and human rights, including those of its own people.”

On the other side, the ministers said they commend the actions of the European Union, which is working closely with countries of origin and transit to put an end to the actions of the Lukashenko regime. “We will continue to work together to hold those responsible to account, and to support civil society and human rights in Belarus.”

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