The international community must react to the practice of smuggling people through Belarus and take measures to prevent the situation from getting out of control, argued the Polish ambassador to the UN during an open debate at the UN Security Council, Krzysztof Szczerski. “It’s time for preventive diplomacy,” he said.
Tuesday’s debate, in which also countries that are not currently members of the Council could participate, was already the second discussion in this forum in which the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border was discussed. The previous one took place last week in a closed session. Following the meeting, the US and European Council members published a joint statement condemning Belarus’s actions.
“Today I had the opportunity to take part in the UN Security Council’s open debate to draw attention to the actions of the Belarusian authorities on the border with Poland and their violations of human rights by instrumental use of people for the policy of aggression and blocking humanitarian aid” – wrote Krzysztof Szczerski on Twitter on Tuesday late in the evening.
Szczerski calls for support at the UN Security Council
– We call on the international community not to participate in the Belarusian disinformation campaign first, said the Polish ambassador to the UN during the debate itself.
Szczerski stated that the European Union and NATO are the target of a hybrid attack by Belarus. – Poland believes that the time has just come for preventive diplomacy. We must act before the situation gets out of hand and the security and stability of the entire region worsen even more – added the diplomat.
He also called on the international community to “withdraw its support for Belarusian policy in international fora” and to “help stop the people smuggling network that has contributed to the current crisis.”
Szczerski also called on Belarus to take full responsibility for the fate of the people she had deceived and brought to her own territory. – Unfortunately, the Belarusian response is a mixture of denials, accusations and open threats. Belarus is not interested in reducing tensions and granting humanitarian access to people it has accepted, said Szczerski.
Ukraine and Estonia took the floor, Russia resisted
Poland was not the only country that raised the problem of the situation on the EU-Belarusian border during the long-lasting debate on Tuesday. Estonia and Ukraine made similar appeals.
– The current situation on the border between the European Union and Belarus serves as a test of our conflict prevention capabilities. Attempts to use migration as a weapon pose a serious threat to the entire region, and Ukraine may be one of the most affected countries, said the Ukrainian ambassador. Russia reacted sharply in response to the uproar of Estonia, which is now a member of the Security Council, accusing “some countries” of using the conflict prevention debate to pursue their own interests and making “false accusations”.
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