A report drawn up by Justas Paleckis indicates that the situation in Belarus does not change, Stefan Fűle, the European Union’s commissioner for enlargement and neighborhood policy, said during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 11, 2013.
According to him, the 28-nation bloc was ready for cooperation with Belarus, but only if Belarusian authorities released and exonerated all political prisoners and improved its human rights record.
Meanwhile, the report by Mr Paleckis suggests that Belarus has not made any progress, he said, noting that seven political prisoners were still behind bars, that a moratorium on the death penalty so far had not been declared, and that the persecution of civil society and government critics continued.
Under these circumstances, the EU has no choice but to continue its policy of restrictive measures against Minsk, Mr Fűle said.
Belsat, following BelaPAN