The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Warsaw (UNHCR) regarding the nomadic population in Usnarz Górny. “Poland meets its legal and international obligations. The provisions of the law are fully applied to applicants for international protection,” wrote the ministry.
A group of foreigners have been living on the Polish-Belarusian border in Usnarz Górny for several days. Migrants are not allowed to enter Poland. These people do not want to return to Belarus. The border is secured by the Border Guard and soldiers.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement on Monday, it called on the Polish authorities “to provide these people with access to the territory, immediate medical care, legal aid, and psychological and social support.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Poland fulfills its legal and international obligations
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a communiqué. “The authorities of the Republic of Poland pay the utmost attention to the situation of persons on the territory of Belarus near the Polish-Belarusian border. Poland fulfills its legal and international obligations. in particular, European law. Of particular importance is the issue of ensuring the protection of the external border of the European Union, in accordance with the international obligations of the Republic of Poland, “we read.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that “Poland fully respects the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and respects its provisions in the current situation.” “At the same time, we expect that Belarus, as a party to the convention, will fulfill its obligations and will provide appropriate care to people in its territory. In this context, we hope that the involvement of the UNHCR Office in Minsk will contribute to the actions taken by the Belarusian authorities in to help people in need “- we read.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a humanitarian convoy
The announcement also informs that “due to humanitarian considerations, on August 22 this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland sent a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, declaring its readiness to provide material aid on the spot”. “Bearing in mind the seriousness of the situation, the Polish side has prepared a convoy with humanitarian aid, which is currently at the Polish-Belarusian border crossing point in Bobrowniki, waiting for the consent of the Belarusian authorities to enter” – said the announcement.
On Tuesday evening, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz said that the ministry received a copy of the Belarusian diplomatic note, “which clearly shows that there is no consent from Belarus for the Polish humanitarian convoy to cross the Polish-Belarusian border.”
“The Polish authorities are also involved in the evacuation of Afghanistan’s citizens, whose lives are at risk due to the Taliban seizure of power. Both visa procedures, where necessary, and the evacuation process involve the full mobilization of the relevant Polish services and offices. “- it was announced in the press release.
Main photo source: PAP / Artur Reszko