Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in New York urged the international community to help Belarus’ democratic forces more actively
On 21 September in New York, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis spoke at the side event in the margins of the UN General Assembly high-level week: “The Threat to Belarus’ Independence and the International Response”.
“Today, no one doubts that the regimes of Lukashenko and Putin are working hand in hand in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and kidnapping Ukrainian children. As the world’s “fatigue” due to the Russian war against Ukraine increases, we cannot remain passive observers of events in Belarus. The elected Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and other democratic forces in Belarus need the support of the international community, and we all need a democratic Belarus,” Landsbergis said.
At the initiative of Lithuania and other international partners, much attention was paid to the efforts of the Belarusian people to defend their country’s independence and the efforts of the international community to help them.
The head of Lithuania’s diplomacy also stressed the importance of sanctions in ensuring the end of the impunity of authoritarian regimes.
“It is necessary not only to name loudly the crimes committed by the Lukashenko regime against the Belarusian people but also to impose even tighter sanctions on entities and individuals that assist Russia. We also need to more actively help the democratic forces of this country to preserve Belarus’ independence, hold independent elections and restore democratic institutions,” the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy said in New York.
The event to support the democratic forces of Belarus in New York was possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Belarusian democratic forces, Lithuania, Poland, Iceland, Slovakia and Germany.