European Parliamentarians urge to restrict sanctions against Belarusian powers 11:54, 09/03/2006
As the European Union administration said Wednesday, the EU must restrict sanctions against the Belarusian leadership in case the Presidential election is not democratic.
“They (sanctions) must imply broadening of the ban on visa granting for the high rank officials and freezing of their bank accounts”, - Elmar Brock, the chairperson of the European Parliament Foreign Committee, emphasized in the statement signed by other deputies.
It is declared in the statement on the detention and beating of one of the candidates for the President’s post Alyaxandar Kazulin, carried out by Special Forces officers, that “numerous cases of moral and physical threats towards opposition activists and president candidates have been reported recently”.
This week Foreign ministers of the EU are to discuss the blocking policy for Belarus including the sanctions issue.
Europe has been accusing Aliaxandar Lukashenka of suppression of the opposition and Mass Media for a long time.
The surveys held before the election campaign showed Lukashenka was in the lead.
With the beginning of the election campaign, the Belarusian independent press and the Internet revealed the popularity raise of principal candidate of the opposition Alyaxandr Milinkevich and the rating fall of Lukashenka.