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 EU’s external borders with Belarus. His scan was posted on Twitter by the head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Marek Kuchciński (PiS).
We call on the EU to immediately consider a strategic response to prevent any attempt to use migration as a weapon. The actions of the Belarusian authorities, which are clearly and systematically putting the lives of people in a difficult situation at risk, are unacceptable pic.twitter.com/9MeOPw88J8
– Marek Kuchciński 🇵🇱 (@MarekKuchcinski) November 22, 2021
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 issue and after the discussion they agreed, among others, 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 putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk, are unacceptable. “
– underlined in the statement by the parliamentarians of the V4 countries.
As members of the EU and NATO, they ensured their solidarity with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as their support for 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 partners international.
“Protecting the territory of sovereign states remains a priority, nevertheless Belarus should allow free access for humanitarian aid and journalists. Moreover, we appreciate the efforts of all EU Member States in solving the problem of irregular migration and protecting the EU’s external borders ”.
– as highlighted by the signatories of the statement.
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 those who 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, so we underline the need for these countries to take the necessary action, to provide support and to fully cooperate on readmission and return.
– stated parliamentarians from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
They also assured that members of the Visegrad Group “remain vigilant against the risk of further escalation and Belarusian provocation at the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and that they 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 provisions of international law.
– we read in 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.
Source: niezalezna.pl, PAP