Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde in telephone conversation with Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei
During the conversation, Ms Linde expressed deep concern over the developments in Belarus and referred to the statements that Sweden and the EU have issued concerning the unacceptable violence against demonstrators and election fraud during the presidential election.
Ms Linde pointed out that violence and provocations must not be used against demonstrators and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners.
Dialogue between the opposition, civil society and the authorities must now be initiated. It is important that the Belarusian Government listens to the people’s protests rather than using violence to intimidate them. Sweden considers that the OSCE, of which Belarus is a member, can support to bring about the dialogue between the parties, a view that Ms Linde expressed to Mr Makei.
Sweden is the incoming Chair of the OSCE. In that role, Ms Linde offered to visit Minsk together with Albanian Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Edi Rama, who is currently the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, to meet with representatives of the Belarusian Government and the opposition.