|Parliamentary Assembly to Observe Presidential Election in Belarus |
Parliamentary Assembly to Observe Presidential Election in Belarus
Strasbourg, France -- (European Parliament) September 4, 2001 -- The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will observe the presidential election in Belarus on 9 September.
Starting in Minsk on 5 September, the nine-member delegation will meet candidates for the presidency, representatives of the Belarusian authorities, in particular the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the leadership of the Parliament, the Chair of the Central Electoral Commission as well as representatives of the media and NGOs. The observation will take place in co-operation with the OSCE and the European Parliament.
The members of the delegation are:
- Felice Besostri (Italy, SOC)
- Marton Braun (Hungary, EPP/CD)
- Simone Enrico GNAGA (Italy, EDG)
- Stef Goris (Belgium, LDR)
- Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC)
- Robert Nigmatulin (Russia, EDG)
- Piotr Palamarciuc (Moldova, UEL)
- Vera Squarcialupi (Italy, SOC)
- Vaclov Stankevich (Lithuania, LDR)
The Parliament of Belarus was granted Special Guest status with the Assembly in 1992, but this was suspended in January 1997 following constitutional changes in the country. The procedure for accession of Belarus to the Council of Europe was also frozen. However, the Assembly has resolved to maintain contact with all political forces with the aim of supporting democratic developments in the country.
A final press conference will take place on Monday 10 September at 4 p.m. at the National Press Centre, ul. Oktyabrskaya 5, Minsk.
Contact: Francesc Ferrer, Parliamentary Assembly; mob. +33 6 0742 7033; Hotel Planeta, Minsk, tel. :+375 17 226 7853 - fax : +375 17 226 7780.