MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Meeting with OSCE PA Special Representative for Eastern Europe Kent Harstedt
23 January 2018
Belarus will remain a pillar of support in the center
of Europe for the OSCE, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met
with Kent Harstedt, OSCE PA Special Representative for Eastern Europe, on 23
“As for the European and regional security, you know
our attitude to many issues and trends in Europe. You know our attitude to
security matters, such issues as war and peace,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “We
will adhere to this position in the future. And believe me, Belarus will be a
good pillar of support in the center of Europe for the OSCE. We will do our
best to ensure peace and order in our common European home.”
According to the president, it is essential to take
measures as soon as possible to eliminate negative trends characterizing
tension in Europe. “We have proposed to discuss as an option, to launch certain
Helsinki 2 so that the leading countries in the world could sit down at the
negotiating table and discuss further actions to reduce tension on the European
continent,” the Belarusian leader remarked.
Alexander Lukashenko said that the wording ‘Helsinki
2’ is not mandatory, and a new negotiation process can be called differently.
However, he believes that Helsinki 2 would be an understandable continuation of
the previous process.
“I want to assure you once again that we will have
very good relations with the organization. We are ready to discuss any problems
and issues. You definitely can ask the most incontinent, in your opinion,
questions to us, to me, to our authorities, certain people, ministers with whom
you want to discuss these issues. We will discuss and respond to them,” the
head of state said.
“There is one condition: Belarus is a sovereign and
independent country, just like Sweden, you home country, and we cannot agree
and will not tolerate being pushed in the back, lorded over or moralized,” the
Belarusian leader said.
Meanwhile, he stressed that Belarus is ready to learn
from other countries. “But just like any other country, we have a negative
attitude to moralizing,” the president added.
Alexander Lukashenko also thanked Kent Harstedt for
understanding he demonstrates in relation to Belarus.