The Presidents of Poland and Lithuania agreed on joint steps on Belarus

"Today, another discussion took place between the Presidents of Poland and Lithuania. Andrzej Duda and Gitnas Nauseda exchanged opinions on the developments in the country and agreed to take further joint steps to resolve this difficult situation". - said Mr Szczerski on Wednesday.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda informed that the presidents of Lithuania and Poland, as well as Latvia, expressed their readiness to mediate on the crisis in Belarus. "I want to present a three-point plan that could be a prelude to the mediation of the region's presidents in resolving the political crisis in Belarus". - Naused told journalists and informed that he was supported by the Polish and Latvian presidents, Andrzej Duda and Egils Levits, with whom he spoke on the phone.

The three-point plan is to stop violence against citizens in Belarus, release the detainees and resume dialogue with the society. Nauseda added that "if Minsk supported this initiative and released the detainees and stopped the violence, the presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Latvia could undertake a mediation mission.

The Lithuanian President expressed however, that “if this initiative were to be rejected, all other alternatives that are currently being discussed both in Lithuania and in the European Union remain.” Naused also declared that sanctions against Belarus on the EU and national level are also under consideration.

President Duda calls on UN Human Rights Council members to react to situation in Belarus

"Today the attention of the entire international community should be drawn to the deteriorating human rights situation and the escalation of repression against the demonstrators protesting against the announced results of the presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus". - the Polish president writes in his letter.

President Andrzej Duda argues that the countries belonging to the Human Rights Council have an obligation that makes them "unable to remain indifferent to the deteriorating situation in Belarus" and urges them to take action.

According to the President of the Republic of Poland, this reaction should 'include calling on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from using force against peaceful demonstrators and to release all those held in custody for exercising their basic democratic freedoms'. The President also proposes to call for the immediate release of political prisoners and full access to information.

President Duda points out that the priority of Polish membership in the UN Human Rights Council is to strengthen the rights of individuals. He stresses that Poland believes that political differences can and should be resolved by entering into constructive dialogue and open debate, in which freedom, as a fundamental political right, must never be violated.

The Polish President claims that, if the international community is not indifferent, it can play an important role in 'helping the Belarusian authorities and civil society to establish a dialogue - a key condition for working out a compromise and guaranteeing respect for civil liberties'.

The UN Human Rights Council has been a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly since 2006. It replaced the pre-existing UN Commission on Human Rights, taking over most of its functions. In 2020, Poland became a member of the Council for two-years.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declares his readiness to help Poles living in Belarus

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke on the phone with the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus Andżelika Borys about the situation in Belarus in the context of post-election protests and the reactions of the Belarusian authorities.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter that in an interview with Angelika Borys he declared his readiness to provide humanitarian aid to Poles living in Belarus. "The current social discontent in Belarus has reached an unprecedented level. Violence is not the solution, but the source of the problem". - stressed the Prime Minister in his tweet.

The Prime Minister also referred to the conversation with the President of the Union of Poles in Belarus on Facebook.

"The President (Andżelika Borys - PAP) stressed that the Union of Poles in Belarus is not politically involved, but is an important part of Belarusian civil society. The pressure also affects our compatriots living in Belarus as well as activists of the union. Several of them were detained. The Polish ambassador also intervened regarding the detention of three citizens of our country. The beaten TVP Polonia journalist is in a hospital in Grodno, he feels fine and does not need any help". - wrote Prime Minister Morawiecki.

According to Morawiecki, "the solution to this difficult situation can only be achieved through dialogue and the restoration of respect for fundamental civil liberties, which should lead to a compromise".

The Prime Minister expressed hope that the European Union will take joint action on the situation in Belarus.

Three Polish citizens were detained in connection with the ongoing protests in Minsk, which have been taking place since Sunday against the allegedly fraudulent presidential elections.

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