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Belarus: European ambassadors return

(B2) Some European Union ambassadors have resumed their duties in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. The Lithuanian, Polish (Leszek Szerepk) and Swedish ambassadors have already arrived in the Belarusian capital. The other ambassadors should follow in the coming days. Czech Ambassador Jiri Karas is expected to arrive in Belarus on Friday.

After the decision of the Belarusian authorities to expel the Polish and European Union ambassadors, the decision was taken by 27 to withdraw all the ambassadors. Decision effective at the beginning of March. Political sanctions had In the same way, a decision was taken at the last political and security committee (PSC) last week to assume the return to Belarus together, to make it clear that it was all or none. But the schedule was kept secret. And again on Monday, the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, refused to indicate the date of this return. It was notably agreed that the diplomats of the countries most committed to the preservation of human rights in Belarus – and which shelter many of its opponents – would be the first to enter the field.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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