The authorities in Paris have confirmed that the French ambassador to Belarus left the country on October 17. A spokesman for the French embassy in Minsk, quoted by the AFP agency, said that the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had requested that the French ambassador leave before October 18.
France will stand by the Belarusian people and will seek a solution to the crisis in the country – said a spokeswoman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, quoted by the Reuters agency.
The fact that the diplomat has left Belarus was informed by the previously known local oppositionist Franak Wiaczorka, advisor to the leader of the democratic opposition Swiatlana Cichanouska. On the social network, he said that “the ambassador did not present Lukashenka’s credentials and spoke loudly about human rights violations in Belarus”.
Nicolas de Bouillane de Lacoste is now to assume the role of special envoy in Belarus.
Statement against the death penalty
The independent Belarusian website zerkalo.io (former TUT.by) recalled that Nicolas de Lacoste became the French ambassador to Belarus in 2020. He was not present when the credentials were handed over to Alyaksandr Lukashenka in September last year. On December 8, the head of the French diplomatic mission handed copies of credentials to the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs.
On October 10 this year, along with other diplomats, de Lacoste spoke out against the death penalty in Belarus. The diplomat said France considers such a punishment “cruel and inhuman,” reported the portal zerkalo.io.
Vyachorka said that the French ambassador is another diplomat from a European Union country who was forced by the Lukashenka regime to leave Minsk.
Relations between EU countries and Belarus have worsened since Lukashenka, who was seeking his fifth re-election, won last year’s presidential elections, the results of which – according to the Belarusian opposition and international opinion – had been rigged.
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