New Head Of OSCE Mission Not Allowed to Belarus 11:12, 19/04/2002
Belarusian authorities refused entry visa to the new special representative of the OSCE Eberhard Heiken. According to the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Pavel Latushka, Heiken was not allowed to the country, as his appointment was not agreed with the Belarusian government, informs “Gazeta.ru” with reference to Reuters.
Heiken was to head the OSCE mission to Belarus, replacing Michel Rivolier at this position. On Monday official Minsk refused to extend Rivolier’s term of diplomatic accreditation in Belarus. It is the second head of mission in the last half year who had to leave the country because of refusal to extent visa.
Commenting on the existing situation, Belarusian Ambassador in Vienna Viktar Haisyonak said to journalists that the OSCE has made a breach appointing a special representative. He underlined that “to appoint a special representative to the country is possible only in case of a crisis or a conflict, but there is nothing of the kind in Belarus”.