Lithuanian MFA statement on events in Minsk on 19 December

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Lithuania closely follows the situation after the elections in the neighbouring state of Belarus, and regrets and expresses concern that on 19 December, the presidential election day, Belarusian authorities failed to grant the freedom of assembly to Belarusian citizens and used force against demonstrators, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release today.

Especially alarming are the brutal actions of Belarusian police against opposition candidates for president, independent media representatives and opposition activists, their arrests and raids at homes and offices of representatives of the democratic opposition.

Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the authorities of Belarus to refrain from the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, to release detainees, and to investigate and evaluate all the incidents as soon as possible.

Lithuania is consulting with its partners within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the European Union regarding the evaluation of the course of the elections in Belarus and their results

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