by NATO Secretary General on elections in Belarus

  • 21 Mar. 2006
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  • Press Release (2006) 035
  • Issued on 20 Mar. 2006
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  • Last updated: 16 Mar. 2009 16:33

On behalf of NATO, I condemn the way in which the elections in Belarus have been conducted. As international observers, including the OSCE, have testified, this electoral process did not meet democratic standards.

b040115w 15th-16th January 2004 NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visits Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Kosovo Left to right: Press Conference NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

The people of Belarus have the right to choose their leadership through a true democratic process; that right was again denied to them in these elections.

I strongly urge the authorities in Belarus to take steps to respect Euro-Atlantic democratic standards, including those to which they have committed in the Partnership for Peace.