They also called for the release of detained demonstrators and an end to the repression.
First Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rick Daems and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria Peichinovich-Buric issued a joint statement urging the Belarusian authorities to “immediately initiate a large-scale and inclusive national dialogue with the full participation of civil society to find a peaceful way out of the current crisis and open an opportunity for the necessary reforms that will benefit all citizens of Belarus “.
“We all want Belarus to one day join our European family of common values, becoming a full member of the Council of Europe,” the statement says..
Belarus is not yet a member of the Council of Europe, but over the years it has signed and ratified 12 treaties and protocols of the Council of Europe, and has also joined four partial agreements: the Venice Commission, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption), the Expanded Partial Agreement on Sport and the European Pharmacopoeia.
In addition, the Council of Europe conducts a number of events in Belarus through the Information Point in Minsk, opened in 2009..
Last year, a new Action Plan (2019–21) was adopted between Belarus and the Council of Europe on cooperation in related projects. “The Council of Europe is ready to work on the implementation of the Action Plan to help bring Belarusian legislation closer to European democratic standards,” the three leaders of the Council of Europe emphasized..
“The Council of Europe, with its knowledge and experience, is ready to support such a dialogue in cooperation with other international partners. In particular, we are ready to support the necessary constitutional reforms, ”the statement says..
Finally, the leaders of the Council of Europe called for “the immediate release of all detained demonstrators, an end to the ill-treatment, and an immediate and transparent investigation into the atrocities committed by law enforcement agencies. Legitimacy cannot be the result of repression.
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