U.S. ambassador nominee to Belarus calls on authorities to hold fair elections

Otherwise, she intends to continue supporting the desire of the Belarusian people for democracy, Interfax reports.

Julie Fisher, who has been nominated to be the United States Ambassador to Belarus, has called on the Belarusian authorities to hold fair elections.

“We call on the government of Belarus to hold the current elections in a free and fair environment, as well as to show restraint in case of protests,” said Fisher.

She recalled that the previous parliamentary elections were not recognized by the international community. This year, OSCE observers will not come to monitor the election campaign for the first time.

Fisher noted that in case of her appointment as Ambassador she will support the aspirations of the Belarusian people for democracy.

She also noted that she will create conditions for the development of the Belarusian-American relations, in particular, organizations that will promote trade and investment, defend the interests of American companies, create jobs and promote economic growth.

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus has been functioning in a reduced format since 2008: only 5 diplomats work in the representative offices. However, this year it was announced that the countries will finally appoint ambassadors.