Minsk is interested in expanding contacts with the parliamentary Assembly was declared by the Deputy of the house of representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, member of the standing Committee of the house of representatives on international Affairs Nikolai Samaseika.
STRASBOURG, 28 Jan, Christina Moon Rodriguez. Deputy of the house of representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, member of the standing Committee of the house of representatives on international Affairs Nikolai Samaseika stated the interest of Minsk to the extension of contacts with the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The Parliament of Belarus received gets the special guest status in PACE in 1992. In 1997, PACE was suspended for the country this status. A year later, was frozen by the application of the Republic for membership in the Council of Europe. Formal reasons for this were identified as lack of progress in democracy, human rights and the rule of law. In addition, Belarus is the only country in Europe where death penalty is practiced. The presence of the death penalty is cited as a major impediment to restore Belarus special guest status at the PACE.
“Find common ground, we begin, in the words of the Rapporteur for Belarus of the PACE Andrea Rigoni, to look one way,” said Samasejka, commenting on the interaction of the country with the Assembly.
Answering the question if he considers equitable the assessments made by the Rapporteur of the Assembly with regard to Belarus, Samaseika stated that “the assessment of Mr Rigoni is objective”. “Indeed, there are certain circumstances that, from the point of view of the Council of Europe should intensify. But it should be understood that the Republic of Belarus, primarily based on their interests,” said Samasejka.
“But again, based on the multi-vector policy of the Republic of Belarus we are interested in expansion of contacts with PACE,” he added.