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‘National parliaments should support Belarusians in exile’, says PACE rapporteur

Paul Galles

PACE rapporteur Paul Galles (Luxembourg, EPP/CD) on “Addressing the specific challenges faced by the Belarusians in exile” today urged that, amidst the tragedies happening around the planet, the fight for a democratic and free Belarus must remain high on the agenda. In this context, he welcomed the setting up of the international parliamentary Alliance for Democratic Belarus in Berlin on 7 November 2023 as this will allow a powerful support of the Belarus democratic forces by the parliaments of Europe and the world.

He is convinced that one of the first tasks of the international parliamentary Alliance for Democratic Belarus should be to look into areas in which it can have a tangible influence and impact, and one of them would be to see how national parliaments can support the implementation of Resolution 2499 (2023) on “Addressing the specific challenges faced by the Belarusians in exile”.

The rapporteur recalled that in June 2023, the Assembly strongly encouraged “the parliaments of those member States which have not yet done so, to establish a parliamentary friendship group to create a network to share the best measures to support Belarusians in exile [as it was] convinced that such a network would also facilitate the dialogue with the Belarusian democratic forces in exile, including the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the United Transition Cabinet of Belarus and the Coordination Council.”

“We must not forget the Belarusian people are not the same as the Lukashenka regime and should not be treated in a discriminatory fashion because of the regime’s participation in the war against Ukraine,” Mr Galles concluded.