Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 10:13:41 GMT -5
Lukashenko: 79.67% is quite a good result.
MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - The percentage of ballots cast for me is quite good, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told a press conference for Belarusian and foreign media on 20 December.
“It is quite a good result, if we take into account the so-called ‘agitation’ that was taking place before the election. But to be honest, 20% of people either voted for alternative candidates or against all candidates. It is a matter of concern. And I will think foremost about those people, who supported me,” said the President.
When asked about the inauguration, Alexander Lukashenko said. “I have not thought about it yet, and I have no idea about the time. Everything will be held strictly within the law,” he added.
A reminder, Alexander Lukashenko won the presidential election of Belarus with 79.67% of the vote. The inauguration ceremony of the President of Belarus should be held before 19 February 2011, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 10:14:04 GMT -5
Lukashenko: presidential candidate tried to bribe chairman of Minsk election commission.
MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) – In a press conference for Belarusian and foreign media on 20 December, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stated that the authorities were well aware that the opposition prepared provocations at the polling stations and made some facts public.
“We knew that the opposition was preparing provocations at the polling stations,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “Attempts to bribe the members of the election commissions took place at some polling stations. For instance, in order to “secure his victory” one of the presidential candidates offered $50,000 to the chairman of the election commission in Minsk,” he added.
According to the President, “there has been registered a campaign of intimidation against chairpersons and members of the election commissions, the majority of whom were women”. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that “there have also been fixed attempts to disorganize the work of the election commissions”.
“And it is not the whole bunch of provocations yet. It came to a point when supporters of some presidential candidates took ballots and made tens of copies in order to use them for demonstrating mass support for alternative candidates,” the President stressed.
According to the head of state, large-scale and various provocations demonstrate their smooth organization by the headquarters of some, former now, nominees for the presidency.
“It is not transparency of the elections they cared about. Their purpose is clear: a band of militants and their leaders needed an excuse for justifying the preplanned program of unrests in the eyes of the international community and foreign mass media,” Alexander Lukashenko believes.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 10:14:33 GMT -5
CIS mission: No serious violations of Belarus’ Electoral Code.
MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - The CIS observation mission has not registered any serious violations of the legislation during the presidential election in Belarus, Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS monitoring mission, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary, told media in the CEC Information Center on 20 December.
In his words, observers got a full access to the polling stations and communicated freely with the participants of the election process including the representatives of the opposition. “All necessary conditions have been created in the country for the international observation of the elections what proves democratic character and transparency of the electoral process,” the head of the mission said.
He mentioned that he had a meeting with the representatives of the OSCE observation mission on 19 December and “they confirmed the same”.
“Other observers also stressed there were no serious violations of the Belarusian electoral legislation and no hindrance to the free expression of the people’s will,” Sergei Lebedev said.
The CIS observation mission took note of several minor breaches in the preliminary report. Every appeal received an official reply from the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Interior Ministry, the Central Election Commission. The CIS observers stressed that the processing of complaints against the election campaign is conducted in line with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.
On 19 December the CIS observers visited 2,906 polling stations. At each of them the voting started at the proper time, proceeded in a calm atmosphere in the presence of observers. The revealed slight flaws, according to Sergei Lebedev, are a common thing in many CIS countries. Besides, the CIS observers were also present at some polling stations during the ballot count. Sergei Lebedev stressed that “the procedure was transparent, in line with the Electoral Code”.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 12:33:23 GMT -5
Some Russian journalists, behaves like the west? Makes U-turn on Rose Revolution like actions but in Belarus?
Opposition in Belarus storm parliament, Russian journalists speak in favor of the opposition n complain when police throw back people "but we are journalists, we have the right to be here, blah blah!" refers to the action simply as a "protest" instead of an attempt of take-over, so if an opposition candidate goes in there n gets a stick in his face, was it because of him being there or who he was? Riot police just attack whomever.
This is such hypocrisy...when Saakhashvili's mob stormed Georgian parliament it was outrage for using violence against democratic institution.
It's so fucking obvious they stormed the parliament simply to get a reaction of riot police to gather sympathy n to get the "story out"
I feel like I'm watching western media n don't feel like cheering along.
and who the hell are the opposition anyways? Why should we trust them any more? They would turn Belarus into a world bank experiment like the 90's Russia?
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 14:21:24 GMT -5
Russian politician accuses Belarusian opposition of violence, Western observers of opportunism.
The Belarusian opposition should bear responsibility for the violence that blemished Sunday's presidential elections in the country, pro-Kremlin United Russia party member Konstantin Zatulin said on Monday.
"The opposition had no big illusions [regarding the polls] from the very beginning, although they tried hard to show that they had a chance, by means that are beyond any criticism," said Zatulin, deputy head of the Russian parliamentary committee in charge of relations with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Preliminary results of Sunday's polls show that long-serving incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko gained a landslide victory over his opponents, winning 79.7 percent of the vote. His closest rival, opposition candidate Andrei Sannikov, received a mere 2.56 percent.
"On the day of elections, one of the candidates said in a TV broadcast that the opposition had gained up to 40 percent of the vote, while Lukashenko garnered some 25-30 percent, which was absolutely untrue," Zatulin said.
"With this wishful thinking, while trying to draw the attention of the international community, the opposition - at least its radical part - has broken all barriers. This is how I explain what happened near the Parliament," the politician said.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Minsk on Sunday claiming that the polls were rigged. Police brutally dispersed the demonstrators when they tried to storm Parliament. Several presidential candidates were injured in clashes, and one, Vladimir Neklyaev, received a head injury as a result. At least 600 protesters were detained.
Zatulin said that Russia could not support opposition demonstrations in Belarus since it, too recently played host to race-hate riots aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country.
"One can like it or not, but the Belarusian people have expressed their will," Zatulin said. "Of course we would like to have a more concessive partner than Lukashenko, a less hard-line, conceited and conflict-orientated one, but we have one that has been elected in Belarus, who we now have to respect and to work with during the next [presidential] term."
CIS observers described the elections as "transparent," but the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the vote count was flawed and condemned the heavy-handed approach of the Belarusian police to the protests.
"This election failed to give Belarus the new start it needed," OSCE observer mission head Tony Lloyd said. "The counting process lacked transparency. The people of Belarus deserved better. And, in particular, I now expect the Government to account for the arrests of presidential candidates, journalists and human rights activists."
The United States condemned the electoral violence, including the attacks on presidential candidates and violence against journalists and civil society activists. European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said he was "shocked" by the "outrageous and disgraceful" attack on Neklyayev and called on Lukashenko to punish all those involved in the violence.
Zatulin criticized the West for constantly changing its position toward Lukashenko "for political and agenda-driven reasons."
After the police suppression of demonstrations in Minsk during the 2006 elections, Western powers labeled Lukashenko "Europe's last dictator," but as soon as Russia expressed concern over the situation, they quickly switched to voicing support for him, Zatulin said.
"It seems that friendship or non-friendship between Russia and Belarus is the matter of concern for them, not the essence of Belarusian democracy," he said.
MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti correspondent Maria Kuchma)
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2010 14:42:52 GMT -5
Lukashenko says ordered heavy-handed reaction to protesters.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that he ordered police to forcefully suppress the opposition riots that followed presidential elections in the ex-Soviet state on Sunday.
"I asked them [police] not to provoke or initiate any brawls, but said if anyone spits in your face, respond with force."
Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, won a fourth term in office on Sunday with 79.7 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Thousands of Belarusians gathered in Minsk's Independence Square on Sunday evening, claiming that the elections had been rigged. Some 600 opposition members, including former presidential candidates, were brutally arrested after they attempted to storm parliament.
The long-standing Belarusian leader said he would ensure all opposition members involved in the riots remained in prison.
Lukashenko also told journalists on Monday that he believed the uprising was orchestrated by former presidential candidates, who planned the unrest long before election day.
He pledged to release secret documents providing evidence of ties between the opposition and the West.
"I ordered the publication of all of the documents so that the people can look closely at our western parties and at our so-called 'opposition'," The Belarusian leader said, adding that the materials would be published on a "Wikileaks-style website."
Interview of Alexander Lukashenko to Euronews TV Channel on 20 December.
21.12.2010 15:25 (BelTA)
An interview of Alexander Lukashenko to Euronews TV Channel on 20 December
Mr Lukashenko, can you give us an update on the condition of one of your rival candidates, Vladimir Neklayev, who was severely beaten. Where is he now? The pictures of his injuries have been seen worldwide. Do you want Belarus to be judged by these pictures or do you plan to change something?
I do not live in a Belarus of virtual images. That is the first thing. Secondly, the elections were not marred in the way you say. All that happened after the elections. As for Mr Neklayev, we have a very good health system, not worse that what you have in France. They take charge of all health problems, including those suffered by former presidential candidates. I am not a doctor so I cannot comment on this kind of questions. Now if you are talking about these clashes that they organized and where they recruited hot-headed teenagers. I guess you saw these pictures too, not just the ones of the candidate with the black-eye. I imagine you also read the comments by his campaign manager, who did not blame the police for what happened. That is their business to sort things out between themselves. There is no need to drag us into this.
Hundreds of people have been detained, several of them beaten. Seven presidential candidates have been arrested. Is not this disproportionate? Why such a heavy-handed reaction? Are you scared of the opposition?
You know I am not afraid of any European organizations. I have been re-elected as the president of Belarus. I have to serve my people and secure peace and security for this nation. Everything that happened yesterday was recorded by the press including foreign journalists and including Euronews. If you are honest, please show what has happened. These were riots. The organizers and participants should be held responsible. And they will be held accountable but not to me — I do not need that, I am not bloodthirsty. They will answer before the people of Belarus in accordance with our laws. If anything like that happened in France people responsible will be held accountable. But I must tell you we did not use tear gas against them as they did in France and we did not use water cannons either. So we are still a long way from your version of democracy.
What is your account of what happened? Did these people break the law?
“Not only did they break the law. Despite everything they gathered in Minsk’s central square and blocked traffic. They marched towards government headquarters and vandalized them. They smashed windows. Ask to show these pictures, ask your journalists who are currently filming me to give you the pictures of the storm of the House of the Government. That was the issue. Of course, the police were obliged to take necessary measures to restore order. They detained the rioters and the organizers. But it is not eight or nine candidates being detained, I would say it is between two and three. If Euronews was an honest channel, you would show what happened in Belarus, what these people did.”
International observers say the heavy-handed breakup of the protests and the questions which cloud the vote count are the reasons why they have not recognized the elections as free and democratic. Does that annoy you?
“That is not correct. Everything the observers wrote in their report pointed to a considerable step forward compared to the 2006 election. It is a massive step and this can form the basis to build our relations with Europe. There are those who want to interpret the situation in Belarus in an impartial way. So I am not annoyed as you suggested. That is the first point. Secondly, the elections were organized for our country, not for the OSCE mission. We invited all those who wanted to attend. If they have seen or heard something, whatever that might be, that means there is something to see and to listen to. Therefore it does not really concern me. I believe that all our problems with France and the EU will be resolved shortly. Everything will pass; it is an external influence. All I ask is that you be more objective. Euronews journalists should not work in a non-objective manner. Up till now, you have not been neutral in your coverage of what has been happening in Belarus.”
Has the Russian president congratulated you on your victory?
You know, I spent half of the day at the press conference. I will check my mail as soon as we finish here. I have already had phone calls from President Nazarbayev and Hugo Chavez from Venezuela. Some other heads of state have also sent me messages of congratulations but I have no information on who it was as I have spent half of the day at the press conference. I will check my mail immediately after the interview.
Belarus not to renew mandate of OSCE Office in Minsk.
MINSK, 31 December (BelTA) – Belarus has decided not to renew the mandate of the OSCE Office in Minsk, Andrei Savinykh, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, told media on 31 December.
Andrei Savinykh said that it was a knowledgeable decision caused by the lack of objective reasons for the continuation of the OSCE mission in Belarus. The view has been stated officially by the Belarusian side over the last few years.
Resident representative of Belarus in international organizations in Vienna Alexander Sychev has already notified members of the OSCE Permanent Council about the decision.
Since the OSCE office was opened in Minsk in 2003, several important joint projects have been implemented. In particular, OSCE experts and interested government agencies cooperated successfully in developing alternative energy sources, farm tourism, restoration of the areas that were affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. Attention was paid to creating effective mechanisms for the interaction between government institutions and public organizations, to developing local self-government laws, to fighting slave trade. Belarus highly appreciates consistent efforts the OSCE office has put in accomplishing joint projects, said Andrei Savinykh. He added that efforts of the OSCE Office in Minsk had made an important contribution to the improvement of the operation of Belarusian government institutions.
The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman underlined that the evaluation of the results of the office’s efforts indicates that its mission is complete. Similar OSCE missions were closed down in Latvia, Estonia and Georgia after a certain period of their work in recent years. Project activities of the international organization can be successfully and effectively carried out through direct contacts with its institutions. “We have been working on this approach with the OSCE headquarters for the last few years,” said Andrei Savinykh.
The official said that the decision to close down the OSCE Office in Minsk will not reduce the level of cooperation between Belarus and the OSCE. “Contrariwise, we are ready to enhance and raise the effectiveness of practical interaction with OSCE institutions in all areas of the organization’s program activities,” he said.
Italy keen to protect Lukashenko from EU sanctions.
ANDREW RETTMAN 07.01.2011 @ 20:14 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Italy is continuing to play the role of Aleksander Lukashenko's biggest friend in the EU by opposing a general current among member states to punish the Belarusian hardman for post-election violence.
At a high-level meeting of EU diplomats in Brussels on Friday (7 January), Rome came out against proposals to impose an EU travel ban on Mr Lukashenko and officials involved in the beatings and arrests of opposition candidates, pro-democracy demonstrators and bystanders after presidential elections in Belarus last month.
"They are a bit alone on that," one EU diplomatic contact said. "Their traditional argument is that these kinds of sanctions have never been effective and that it is important to keep channels open even with the bad guys."
Another EU diplomat said: "The meeting agreed that there are three priorities: to free political prisoners, to encourage civil society and to make sure the people who perhaps committed crimes get some sort of punishment. But on the question on how to do this, there is some lack of coherence."
"Italy is the most adamant [anti-sanctions EU country], but there are also others on the more cautious side ... Spain, Portugal," the source added. "Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK are saying: 'Yes. We have tried hard to create a dialogue with Belarus. But now we have to react hard as well'."
EU diplomats will continue to chew over the sanctions question and to draw up a list of potential visa ban names at lower-level meetings in the EU capital next week. The final decision is to be made by written procedure in 10 days' time or by EU foreign ministers on 31 January, with a consensus of all 27 EU capitals required to impose punitive measures.
The Italian foreign ministry was unavailable for comment on Friday evening.
But Rome has in the past taken the same friendly line on Minsk. In October last year, Italian diplomats argued that the EU should permanently lift sanctions on Mr Lukashenko instead of suspending them for one year. In 2009, Rome was the only EU capital to roll out the red carpet for a Lukashenko visit after the old sanctions were originally suspended. In 2006, it opposed punitive EU trade tariffs against Belarus put in place due to restrictions on trade unions.
Earlier this week, Hungary's foreign minister Janos Martonyi and Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt both called for new EU sanctions, with Mr Blidt saying the move is "inevitable."
Hungary's ambassador to Minsk, Ferenc Kontra, also urged Belarus to give EU diplomats access to political detainees so that they can check up on their physical well-being.
His statement was made in the name of the EU under the auspices of the Hungarian EU presidency because the European External Action Service does not yet have a fully-fledged embassy in the Belarusian capital. It has gone unheeded so far, however.
Hundreds of detainees remain unaccounted for while fears remain for the safety of some, such as Vladimir Neklyayev, a 64-year-old opposition candidate who was beaten unconscious in the street by masked men and then abducted from his hospital bed by plain clothes officers hours later.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 11, 2011 11:40:54 GMT -5
EU Mulls Belarus Sanctions, Italy, Poland Against.
Novinite.com Bulgaria in EU | January 11, 2011, Tuesday
EU leaders are considering toughening their stance against Belarus, including possible sanctions, in the wake of December presidential elections marred by violence and qualified by observers as neither free nor fair.
Just before Christmas, EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton issued a joint statement threatening to freeze ties with Belarus should the country fail to make palpable progress in the establishing of true democracy.
Over the past few years, the EU has warmed up to Belarus, and included it in its so-called Eastern Partnership program together with other ex-Soviet republics.
Now the European press reports that diplomats are set to meet Tuesday to discuss possible Belarusian assets freezes and travel bans for state officials, as an act of pressure against what happened in December's presidential elections, which left hundreds beaten up and imprisoned by security forces, including all of the opposition candidates to President Alexander Lukashenko.
Wednesday Belarusian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Martynov is set to visit Brussels to discuss bilateral relations.
It is reported that member states such as the UK, Germany and Sweden argue in particular for strong and decisive measures against Lukashenko.
Others, such as neighboring Lithuania, are for a more balanced stance. The position of Poland is ambivalent, as the country wants both to pressure the Belarusian government, as well as to protect the interests of the sizeable Polish minority in the ex-Soviet republic, which is facing suppression at the hands of those in power. In particular, Poland has liberalized the visa regime for Belarusian nationals and opened its university for fleeing Belarusian students.
Italy is also among the EU member states that favor a more careful approach to Lukashenka and Belarus. PM Silvio Berlusconi was on visit to Minsk in 2009, with the two countries having significant joint business project. Berlusconi's Italy is also having a particularly fond relationship - both politically and economically - with Russia, Belarus' great, if recently ambivalent, ally.
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