Estonia 200: Situation in Belarus merits UN Security council session

Alexander Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko. Source: Office of the President of Ukraine (sic) / Wikimedia Commons

Political party Estonia 200 has condemned the actions of the Alexander Lukashenko regime in Belarus in the presidential election in that country on Sunday, widely condemned for being rigged and accompanied by repression.

The party, which narrowly missed out on getting Riigikogu seats at the March 2019 general election, months after it was formed, said that an emergency session of the UN Security Council (UNSC) – of which Estonia is a non-permanent member – would be one effective way of dealing with the situation.

"Citizens of Belarus yesterday used their civic right to elect a president, yet unfortunately we will never know what the will of the people of Belarus actually is," Estonia 200 spokesperson Karin Kaup Laponin said Monday. 

"At these elections, the people of Belarus demonstrated unprecedented political activity in the name of free elections and  democracy," Kaup Laponin went on. 

Lukashenko, who has been in office since 1994, received close to 80 percent of total votes in the election, according to an official state TV exit poll, with opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya gaining 6.8 percent. 

However, opposition candidates and their supporters, along with many EU countries, including Estonia, have repeatedly stated they expected the vote to be rigged.  

One exit poll of Belarusians living in Estonia put Tikhanovskaya far ahead of the returning incumbent. 

Karin Kaup Laponin condemned repressive actions including the arrests of journalists, demonstrators and opposition politicians, electoral rigging and corruption, and police brutality, echoing the words of President Kersti Kaljulaid, foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and other Estonian leaders. 

A UNSC special session should be convened as soon as possible, Kaup Laponin went on, with other international organizations including various organs of the EU, the unrelated Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) needing to be made best use of.

Estonia's foreign minister should also summon the Belarusian ambassador, the Estonia 200 spokesperson went on.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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