The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has again asked the Belarusian authorities for permission to enter a humanitarian convoy with aid for people camped on the border, near Usnarz Górny. The ministry also asked Minsk to urgently provide food, water, clothing and access to medical care to migrants staying on the territory of Belarus.
In Usnarz Górny (Podlaskie Voivodeship), on the Polish-Belarus border, a group of foreigners has been wandering for more than two weeks. These people are not allowed into Poland, the border is secured by the Border Guard and soldiers, and the police are also there. Poland and all the Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia accuse Belarus of organizing the transfer of immigrants to its territory under the so-called hybrid war. In a joint statement by the Prime Ministers of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia stated that the current border crisis with Belarus had been planned and systematically organized by the Lukashenka regime.
In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it had again asked the Belarusian authorities for permission to enter the convoy. Belarus has already refused to allow a Polish humanitarian truck to enter. On Wednesday she got stuck at the border crossing in Bobrowniki.
“Due to the situation of a group of people staying in Belarus near the town near the border with Poland, on August 27, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland once again sent a diplomatic note to the Belarusian authorities, renewing the offer to immediately provide these people with material assistance and asking for permission to enter on the territory of the Republic of Belarus a humanitarian convoy, which is waiting at the border crossing in Bobrowniki, the ministry informed on Friday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Polish authorities are in constant contact with international partners
The communication also stressed that guided by humanitarian considerations and with regard to decision of the European Court of Human Rights, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also asked Belarus “to urgently provide food, water, clothing, access to sanitary facilities, and appropriate medical care to migrants staying on its territory – as indicated in the ECtHR’s judgment”.
It was also reported that the Polish authorities “remain in constant contact” with international partners, including representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Warsaw and Minsk, to work together on a lawful and effective way to “reach migrants staying on the territory of Belarus with the necessary humanitarian support “.
The European Court of Human Rights issued interim measures
European Court of Human Rights decided on Wednesday that Poland must provide food, clothing, medical care and – if possible – temporary shelter to migrants wandering along its border. “At the same time, these measures should not be understood as a requirement” that Poland admit these migrants to its territory, added the ECtHR.
On Sunday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note to the Belarusian side, offering humanitarian aid to migrants. Transport with humanitarian aid – including tents, blankets, power generators – is at the border crossing in Bobrowniki and is waiting for permission to enter. Belarus, however, refused to allow Poland to admit the convoy.
The ECtHR also gave Latvia the same guidelines as Poland on Wednesday, in the case of this country it is about 41 Iraqi Kurds wandering at the Latvian-Belarusian border.
Interim measures will run for three weeks up to and including September 15.
Main photo source: PAP / Artur Reszko