24 September 2012 – Brussels
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made the following statement:
“Yesterday’s parliamentary elections represent yet another missed opportunity to conduct elections in line with international standards in Belarus.
The EU has followed closely developments during the pre-electoral period and on election day. There were some improvements in the electoral process, such as an improved Electoral Code, but regrettably the elections took place against the background of an overall climate of repression and intimidation.
We note the ODIHR’s assessment that the elections were not administered...Read More