The actions of the Belarusian authorities using migration as a weapon are unacceptable. The EU should immediately consider a strategic response to Minsk, stated the chairmen of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of the Visegrad Group countries and called on the EU to act.
The chairmen of the foreign affairs committees of the Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian parliaments issued on Monday a joint statement on the situation at the external borders of the European Union with Belarus. His scan was posted on Twitter by the head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Marek Kuchciński (PiS).
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Appeal of the V4 countries to the European Union regarding the migration crisis
As we read at the beginning of the statement, the chairmen of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of the Visegrad Group countries had a meeting with parliamentary partners from the Baltic States on this matter and after the discussion they agreed, among other things, that they strongly condemn “the instrumentalisation of the phenomenon of irregular migration, which was artificially created as part of the hybrid actions against the EU to achieve political goals. “
“Using people to achieve political results clearly violates fundamental European values and international norms. The actions of the Belarusian authorities, which are clearly and systematically endangering the lives of vulnerable people, are unacceptable” – stressed the V4 parliamentarians in the statement.
As members of the EU and NATO, they ensured that they were in solidarity with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, and that they supported all necessary measures in line with the fundamental values and norms of international law, undertaken in response to the current crisis, which requires close coordination between the main international partners.
“Protecting the territory of sovereign states remains a priority, nevertheless Belarus should allow free access of humanitarian aid and journalists. Moreover, we appreciate the efforts of all EU Member States in addressing the problem of irregular migration and protecting the EU’s external borders,” the signatories of the statement said.
It also called on the European Union “to consider without delay a strategic response to these situations in order to increase the effectiveness of its action and prevent any future attempts to use migration as a weapon”.
“We emphasize that persons who have tried to cross our external border illegally, instead of using the established procedures for applicants for international protection, will be returned. Comprehensive dialogue and partnership with countries of origin and transit are fundamental and will benefit all parties, therefore we emphasize the need taking the necessary actions by these countries, ensuring support and full cooperation in the field of readmission and returns “- stated parliamentarians from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
They wrote that members of the Visegrad Group “remain vigilant against the risk of further escalation and Belarusian provocations at the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and carefully control the consequences for the security of our region.” “We also call on the Belarusian regime to stop these activities immediately, to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the regulations of international law,” reads the statement of politicians from the V4 countries.
They also declared that they would continue to support a democratic, independent, sovereign, prosperous and stable Belarus. “The voice and will of the Belarusian people will not be silenced,” the signatories of the document assured.
The statement was signed by: Marek Kuchciński, chairman of the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee, Bogdan Klich (KO) chairman of the Senate Foreign and European Union Committee, Jaroslav Bzoch, acting deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Committee of the Senate of the Czech Republic Pavel Fischer, deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Peter Osusky and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly Zsolt Nemeth.
There has been a crisis at the borders of the EU and Belarus, since the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions increased sharply in the spring. The EU and member states emphasize that this is the result of the deliberate actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, which instrumentally uses migrants in response to sanctions.
Until December 2, a state of emergency is in force in the Polish border zone near the border with Belarus. Journalists do not have access to these sites. The media can rely almost exclusively on the reports of the services and the government regarding the situation at the border.
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