OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs.
The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen.
Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs.
The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017.
The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is committed to OSCE's basic principles
Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Christine Muttonen has already spent several days in Belarus. Yesterday, she met with Belarusian MPs.
The parties signed an agreement for the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017.
Christine Muttonen names topic of OSCE PA summer meeting in Minsk
The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Minsk in July. An agreement on this matter was signed March 15 by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen.
It is expected that the upcoming event will bring together more than 700 guests, including about 300 members of parliament.
Christine Muttonen to sign agreement on 26th OSCE PA session in Minsk
The Delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by Chairwoman Christine Muttonen is arriving in Minsk March 15. The foreign visitors will hold a meeting at the Belarusian parliament.
They will discuss the preparation for the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is set to be held in Minsk in July 2017. It is expected that the program of the meeting will be agreed during the current visit.
In addition, today the parties will sign an agreement to determine the preparation plan.
Alena Kupchyna nominated for OSCE Secretary General position
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna was nominated for the position of the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Altogether, there are five candidates for the post.
The first hearings took place in Vienna on March 14, 2017 during which the candidates projected the future of the OSCE.
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus
Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk.
Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello.
Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus:
OSCE PA summer session 2017 to boost Belarus' role in world politics, Vladimir Andreichenko says
Strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the region will be the main leitmotif of the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE PA session will be held in Minsk from 5 to 9 July.
This will be the first time Belarus has hosted an even of such a scale. On March 1, at the first meeting of the organizing committee to prepare for the session, the participants identified a number of problems.
Belarus Parliament wants to form positive country image abroad
Belarusian MPs would like to form a positive image of Belarus abroad. This was announced on February 27 at the lower house of the Belarus parliament following the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna.
In recent years, Belarus-EU relations have become much warmer, including through a balanced policy of the Belarusian side. In addition, MPs are confident that Europe has a lot of serious problems these days, which it is best to solve together. At the same time, it is Belarus that is a donor of regional stability.
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017.
Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum.
The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
OSCE PA summer session in Minsk to be discussed in Vienna February 24
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is now being held in the capital of Austria. It involves representatives of Belarus, too. It is planned that on 24 February, Belarusian MPs will meet with the top leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly and discuss a number of issues.
One of the main topics is the holding of the summer session in Minsk. It is expected that OSCE parliamentarians of the member states will arrive in Minsk in early July. These are about 700 guests from more than fifty countries.
Belarus to be presented as host of OSCE PA annual session
The presentation of Belarus as the host country of the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Vienna.
On February 23, the capital of Austria will host the winter session of the MPs of the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues. Belarus is also taking part.
OSCE PA conference in Minsk should ensure security in Europe, Belarus President says
Belarus has established an organizing committee on the preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual meeting of the organization of MPs will be held in July 2017. It will involve more than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries.
Belarusian authorities to improve election law based on OSCE advice
The main matter at the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk will be the exchange of experience and ideas on topical issues of the day. The Belarusian side is getting ready for a productive discussion.
Now Belarus is improving its electoral legislation based on OSCE recommendations.
OSCE suggestions will soon be summarized by the country's election commission and presented to the Belarus President.
OSCE PA is vital for country's image, Belarusian MP says
Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is instructed to hold it at the highest level. The committee is headed by the chairman of the House of Representatives. More than 300 parliamentarians from 56 countries will arrive in Minsk.
Minsk beginning preparations for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session
Belarus has established an organizing committee on preparation and holding in Minsk of a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on February 8.
The annual, 26th meeting of the organization will take place in July. The organizing committee is entrusted with holding the event at a high level.
Belarus' election commission head meets US Charge d'Affaires, head of EU delegation
Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has met with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus and head of the EU delegation in Belarus.
The diplomats were briefed on the results of the interdepartmental expert working group tasked to review the OSCE ODIHR recommendations on improving the electoral process in Belarus. Its meeting was held on 31 January.
The commission will present the reviewed proposals to the Belarusian head of state.
Belarus, OSCE interested in open dialogue
Belarus and the OSCE are interested in the most open and effective dialogue. The visit of the OSCE delegation to Belarus continues.
On December 22, representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold talks with MPs of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly.
The sides will consider the possibility of constructive cooperation, including on election issues.
Belarus announces changes to electoral law according to OCSE recommendations
The Council of the Republic on December 21 gave consent to the appointment of Lidia Yermoshina chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC). In addition, six members of the CEC were elected by secret ballot. They will also participate in the development of potential innovations in the electoral legislation of Belarus.
Belarus to OSCE: Security in Europe is only possible through joint efforts
Security and stability in the European region can be achieved only by working together, said the President of Belarus meeting with representatives of the OSCE in the Palace of Independence on December 20. The OSCE delegation arrived in Belarus to discuss security in the region, as well as the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
The fact that Minsk will host the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in 2017 also contributes to the development of cooperation.
Belarus, Russia agree on joint foreign policy actions for near future
On November 22, Belarus and Russia agreed on joint foreign policy steps for the near future at a meeting in Minsk. The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that it is necessary for the EEU to build a long-term integration with the European Union.
The ministers also discussed interaction with other international organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and joint actions within the framework of the UN.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus intends to make parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible
Belarus plans to make the parliamentary elections as transparent and democratic as possible.
Such an announcement was made by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. Hundreds of observers, including international ones, monitor the course of the elections. Earlier, the mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE published a preliminary report. The final results are expected. As the Foreign Minister hopes, they will be objective and comprehensive.
800 international observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election 2016
The number of international observers to monitor the parliamentary elections has exceeded 800. All these experts were accredited by the Central Election Commission of Belarus.
The Commonwealth of Independent States is represented by 330 observers. Almost the same number represents the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Also among the accredited are representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
480 foreign observers to monitor 2016 Belarus parliamentary elections
The number of Belarus parliamentary election observers is increasing. The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited 480 foreign representatives to monitor the parliamentary election campaign.
The majority of those accredited represent the Commonwealth of Independent States - more than 320 people.
Parliamentary elections in Belarus: work of elected officials and their thoughts about giving seat to new members
By the way, Pakistan is mainly an agricultural country. Almost half of the population (43% or 45%) works in the agricultural field. Only one in ten Belarusians works in the fields. Agriculture is very important for Belarus. We started our program talking about harvesting campaign, and it wasn’t by chance. The amount of grain is increasing, but the number of candidates in the parliamentary elections is decreasing. More than 20 candidates decided to drop out of the race.
Over 400 foreign observers accredited for Belarus parliamentary election
The Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited more than 400 foreign observers to monitor the election campaign.
The majority of the accredited are representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States - about 300 people.
ODIHR OSCE is represented by 51 observers, with 19 people from the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly.
It is planned that taking part in the election monitoring will be the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and representatives of central election commissions of other states.
Lidia Yermoshina: OSCE recommendations to Belarus contradict each other
Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalyov.
Welcome to Simple Questions. Today, at the hotel "Beijing" we have the honor to speak with the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidia Yermoshina. Mrs Yermoshina, good evening. You have recently had lots of serious conversations with foreign observers. What would you call a difficult conversation? Maybe these were talks with the mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe?
OSCE mission meets with Minsk mayor ahead of Belarus parliamentary elections
The parliamentary election campaign remains the main political topic these days in Belarus. In addition to the core group of observers from the OSCE, which includes 10 people, working in Belarus are 20 more groups, each including two representatives.
They are monitoring the election campaign across the country. On August 17 the mission met with Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets.
One observer group visited the CTV Channel's office as part of the monitoring. The CTV channel provides candidates from Minsk region airtime for speeches.
Lidia Yermoshina on competition in Belarus' parliament and international observers
The current parliamentary campaign in Belarus was much more popular than the past one. There are more candidates than in 2012. Increased attention to the elections is evident in statements of foreign observers. They are already actively watching everything that is happening and certainly taking notes. The TV program Week met with head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina.
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs
Belarus will do everything necessary to carry out at a decent level the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is due to be held in Minsk in July 2017, said chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, who met with the special coordinator of the OSCE at the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus.
Deputy head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly arrives in Minsk prior to parliamentary elections
Deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Kent Härstedt has arrived in Minsk in order to discuss issues of international monitoring of the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign.
He is the special coordinator of the OSCE at the parliamentary vote in Belarus. Today, he will meet with heads of the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives of the National Assembly.
Earlier it was reported that the delegation of OSCE observers will include at least 31 parliamentarians from 13 countries.
Registration of candidates completes at Belarus parliamentary elections 2016
The Central Election Commission has completed the registration of candidates at the parliamentary elections 2016 in Belarus. District election commissions across the country summed up the results of this stage of the election campaign. The exact number of registered candidates will be known on August 12. Then campaigning will start.
OSCE ODIHR long-term observers begin work at Belarus parliamentary elections August 11
On August 11, as planned, the long-term observers from the OSCE ODIHR will start their work in Belarus.
Observers - 38 experts from 13 countries - will work in groups of two in different regions during the 2016 parliamentary elections. In addition, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will invite 400 short-term observers to monitor the electoral process on election day, 11 September.
PACE pre-election observation mission to visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August
A PACE pre-election observation mission will visit Belarus from 8 to 11 August, a month before the parliamentary elections 2016. Besides, deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will visit Belarus 13 August.
More than 230 foreign observers have already been accredited for the monitoring of the parliamentary elections. These are nearly 200 people from the CIS mission and at least 50 from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Women account for 70% in precinct election commissions
More than two candidates are going to compete for one deputy seat in the House of Representatives of Belarus this autumn. Head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina has named preliminary statistical data during the 2016 parliamentary election.
The commissions have received documents from 263 potential candidates. However, the CEC did not rule out that the number of candidates can increase. There is still time to collect the required number of signatures.
SCO shows interest in Belarus parliamentary elections, Lidia Yermoshina says
District election commissions registered 428 initiative groups throughout Belarus for the parliamentary election, due on September 11. They will collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for deputies of the lower chamber of the National Assembly of the 6th convocation.
The majority of groups are registered in Minsk and the fewest number in the Vitebsk region. This data is not conclusive. Election commissions continue working with applications.
OSCE ODIHR to send mission for Belarus parliamentary elections
ODIHR has announced the recruitment of staff for an observation mission for the 2016 parliamentary elections in Belarus. The Bureau has already received an invitation from the Belarusian side and is now preparing to send a mission.
First, the ODIHR will choose the head of mission, his deputy, a political analyst, an analyst for the election and a coordinator of long-term observers. It is assumed that they will begin their work at the end of July.
Belarus invites OSCE to observe 2016 parliamentary election
On 9 June, the Foreign Ministry reported that Belarus had sent invitations to the OSCE ODIHR and the CIS Executive Committee to take part in the international observation of the elections to the Belarusian Parliament.
The main day of voting during elections of House of Representatives deputies is scheduled for September 11.
Belarus' electoral legislation in line with international principles, President Lukashenko says
The independence of the country and welfare of Belarusian people are the criteria on which the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign in Belarus should rest, said on May 24 the President of Belarus at a meeting to discuss the organization of the 2016 parliamentary elections.
Less than a month ago, the President raised issues of improving the electoral process, including taking into account the recommendations of the OSCE ODIHR.
Minsk to host international Chernobyl disaster forum
On April 25, Minsk will host a meeting dedicated to one of the most significant man-made disasters in history - the Chernobyl tragedy, which happened almost exactly 30 years ago.
Representatives of the Government, state administration bodies, Belarus' general public and foreign partners of our country will take part in the international forum in the Palace of the Republic.
Europe highly appreciates role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in OSCE region
Europe highly appreciates the role of Belarus in strengthening stability and peace in the OSCE region.
The Belarusian delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky is taking part in the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in Vienna. The main topics under discussion are regional conflicts, migrant crisis, and the fight against international terrorism.
Viktor Guminsky held meetings with the heads of the delegations of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and Sweden.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly winter session held in Vienna
The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE is taking place in Vienna.
The Belarusian delegation is headed by Viktor Guminsky, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives. The representatives of Belarus took part in the session of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.
Belarus accepts OSCE ODIHR election recommendations
Belarus will make every effort to implement OSCE ODIHR recommendations on the conduct of elections. To this end, Belarus has created a special commission, which consists of 10 experts: parliamentarians, representatives of the relevant Ministries and the Central Election Commission.
Within a month, experts will examine in detail the OSCE report and determine what changes can be implemented.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements."
There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.
An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Belarus confirms interest in dialogue with OSCE ODIHR
Belarus confirms interest in continuing a constructive dialogue with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on 29 January met with representatives of the organization, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
During the meeting the sides discussed the findings and recommendations of the final report of the European observation mission for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus, as well as prospects of cooperation.
Belarus satisfied with OSCE ODIHR final report on 2015 presidential elections
Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina was generally satisfied with the final report of the OSCE ODIHR on the 2015 presidential election and the process of interaction between the Organization and Belarus.
The report of the monitoring mission has been published today, January 28. Lidia Yermoshina called the document constructive and taking into account positive aspects.
Belarus ready to step up contribution to security and stability of Europe
Belarus is ready to increase its contribution to the security and stability of Europe, stated the Foreign Minister of Belarus at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OSCE. Vladimir Makei focused on factors that reduce the effectiveness of the OSCE.
Belarus thinks the inter-state relations are still dominated by the right of force, confrontation and sanctions thinking, while diplomacy takes a back seat.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today.
Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.
OSCE interested in Belarus' combating online drug trafficking
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is interested in Belarusian experience in fighting online drug trafficking. In 2015 alone, Belarus closed 84 virtual shops, blocked more than 170 electronic wallets used by drug dealers. On November 26, the first results of the implementation of resonant anti-drug decree No.6 were discussed.
Belarus Election Commission satisfied with preliminary findings of OSCE mission
This was reported today by the head of the CEC. Monitoring the presidential campaign were more than 400 international observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE ODIHR. Today, the CEC held a meeting with the leadership of the mission. The report notes the openness of election commission members, their cooperation with observers and the work of media.
Belarus' MP: Belarusian people knows whom to elect
Vitaly Busko, MP of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus: I want first of all to congratulate us on our victory. This is not the first time I have taken part in the presidential election campaign. Of course, now observers have noted increased political culture, which speaks in favor of the voters, who are more organized... The same voter turnout...
Bucknell: I know election is a holiday for Belarusians
Numerous experts are monitoring the Belarus presidential election 2015. Among them, there are about 40,000 local and more than 900 international observers. These are representatives of Belarusian civil society organizations, political parties, labor collectives, as well as foreign missions.
The most representative foreign observer groups are the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Presidential election 2015: About 28% of Belarusians vote early by October 10 morning
Saturday October 10 was the last day of early voting. Journalists, mostly foreign, gathered at the Information Center of the Palace of the Republic in the center of Minsk. These are representatives of the world's largest media.
Observers from many European and former Soviet countries have come to Belarus to monitor the presidential election. CIS observers started work in Belarus earlier than others. They have recently prepared an interim report which they had passed to the chairman of the lower chamber of Belarus' parliament.
Presidential election 2015: Olympic gymnastics champion Yelena Volchetskaya votes early
Almost one in five voters in Belarus has already made their choice. This is the data for the first three days of the early voting.
The elections were monitored by national observers and representatives of many international organizations (over 900).
Famous Soviet gymnast, 1964 Olympic champion, a native of Belarus Elena Volchetskaya voted early October 9 at her polling station. Personal plans do not allow her to come into the main election day.
Belarus' Sports Minister votes in presidential election
October 8 is the third day of early voting in the election of the President of the Republic of Belarus. In the two previous days, almost 11% of people made their choice.
As practice shows, among those who are willing to vote early are students who go on a weekend visit to their parents and athletes participating in international competitions.
Almost 11% vote at Belarus presidential election
Every tenth voter in Belarus has already taken part in presidential elections. According to the Central Election Commission, almost 11% of people in voter lists have fulfilled their civic duty.
The most active were residents of the Gomel and Vitebsk regions.
2015 presidential election in Belarus: meetings with voters, debates and organizational issues
The forthcoming week will take place in Belarus under the sign of big politics. The election of the Belarus President is due in 7 days, on October 11.
Pickets, leaflets, meetings and posters. Candidates have only a few days to persuade the electorate to their side.
Nikolai Ulakhovich is campaigning in the city center, this time without the Cossack coloring. Business suit and readiness to talk to everyone.
Belarus accredits 500 international observers to monitor 2015 presidential elections
The Belarusian Central Election Commission has accredited 500 international observers to monitor the presidential elections. Most of them are officials representing the long-term mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States. OSCE ODIHR observer mission is over 80-strong. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has almost 70 observers.
In addition, the number of national observers is increasing. Territorial commissions for elections of the President have accredited more than 18 thousand observers. They represent labor groups, associations and political parties.
Election 2015: Kent Härstedt thanks Belarus for inviting OSCE monitors
The candidates for the highest office in Belarus are in equal conditions for campaigning and the election campaign is taking place openly and transparently, in accordance with the law. These findings are contained in the interim report of the mission of CIS observers.
The special coordinator of the mission of short-term observers of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Kent Härstedt, also voiced his opinion on the progress of the presidential campaign during a meeting with Belarusian MPs.
Short-term observers arrive in Belarus October 7.
OSCE's Kent Härstedt meets with Belarusian MPs ahead of 2015 presidential vote
At the upcoming presidential election, the Belarusian side will create all conditions for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observer mission. On September 22 there was held a meeting at the House of Representatives with the special coordinator of a short-term observer mission. Kent Harsted, as Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, was in Belarus at the end of June 2015.
All in all, Belarus Central Election Commission has accredited 385 international experts to monitor the running campaign.
OSCE ODIHR mission visits Belarus' Grodno
The OSCE mission to monitor the elections in Belarus, headed by Jacques Faure, have visited Grodno. The foreign observers met with the leadership of the region and discussed the issues of the election campaign in the region. The guests asked about the activity of citizens and campaigning matters.
The observers noted the willingness of local authorities to cooperate and provide them with all the needed information. The main issue of the meeting was readiness to accept short-term observers from the OSCE.
Lidia Yermoshina: Over 620 national observers accredited at territorial election commissions
More than 620 national observers have been accredited by territorial election commissions, said August 27 chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina.
Public associations have sent the majority of observers, almost 500 people. As many as 72 observers accredited are from political parties. In addition, currently two international missions - the CIS and the OSCE ODIHR - are currently working in Belarus.
OSCE ODIHR mission says does not intend to interfere with electoral process in Belarus
Do not interfere, but only watch. The head of the OSCE observation mission Jacques Faure said that the work of the experts during the 2015 presidential campaign in Belarus in no way implies interference in the electoral process.
As many as 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region arrived in Minsk with Mr Faure. Next Monday they will be joined by another 36 observers from 16 countries. All in all, OSCE will deploy over 400 election monitoring experts. They will work all over Belarus.
Jacques Faure hopes for fruitful cooperation with everyone during 2015 presidential election in Belarus
OSCE mission observing the presidential elections in Belarus looks forward to fruitful cooperation with all participants of the electoral process, said the mission’s head Jacques Faure in Minsk August 26.
According to the French diplomat, 11 experts from 10 countries that belong to the OSCE region had arrived with him in the Belarusian capital. Next Monday they will be joined by 36 observers from 16 countries. They will work in all regions of Belarus.
Belarus' Election Commission expects 40 long-term and 400 short-term OSCE observers at 2015 presidential elelction
The monitoring of presidential elections will be attended by 40 long-term and 400 short-term observers from the OSCE, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina told reporters today.
"The OSCE working group, who visited us not long ago, suggested that somewhere by September 1, 40 long-term observers from the OSCE will arrive in Belarus. It is expected that there will also be about 400 short-term observers," said Mrs Yermoshina.
OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group in Minsk
On July 21 Ivica Dacic took part in the next round of tripartite negotiations of the contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass. As he himself put it, this was done in order to encourage the political process.
In search of a compromise between official Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics, a meeting of the contact group on Ukraine was held in Minsk. The main and the most important question was a complete cease-fire. The parties had not achieved that by the time of the meeting.
Alexander Lukashenko to OSCE head: In fact, war is going on in Europe
Other heads of state should be more actively involved in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, said the Belarus President at a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic.
Serbia has been chairing this organization since January, after Switzerland.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
Belarus fully supports Serbia's efforts to improve security in the OSCE area of responsibility - this was announced after a meeting of Belarus' foreign minister with OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic. Vladimir Makei stressed that our country will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the creation of a single space of stability and security in Europe.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21
The current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is holding talks with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ivica Dacic said that today he would attend the meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine in order to encourage the political process.
The contact group will hold talks behind closed doors.
OSCE experts arrive in Minsk to assess pre-election atmosphere
OSCE experts will estimate the pre-election environment in Belarus. On July 14, representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Europe arrived in Minsk.
They will study the preparations for the presidential elections in our country until 17 July. Their working plans include meetings with representatives of state bodies and political parties.
Then, based on their recommendations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will determine how to monitor the elections of the Belarusian head of state.
Belarus counts on OSCE support in Minsk talks on Ukraine
Belarus counts on the support of the OSCE Minsk during the negotiations on the situation in Ukraine. This was announced on July 9 by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
Representatives of OSCE, the world's largest regional organization dealing with security issues, will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass region at an informal high-level meeting in Helsinki.
PACE appoints observers for 2015 Belarus presidential elections
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has appointed observers for the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus.
According to preliminary data, the mission includes 27 politicians from five parties, including their substituents.
This team includes the current rapporteur on Belarus of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy Andrea Rigoni. Observers represent various countries: France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and others.
OSCE appreciates Belarus' role in settlement of Ukrainian conflict
The OSCE appreciates the role of Belarus in the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier said this meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk.
The two sides held talks on cooperation of our country and the organization. The sides exchanged views on issues of European security. The settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus' contribution to this process were among the topic issues.
Belarus to liquidate stocks of liquid rocket fuel components with OSCE assistance
The defense ministry of Belarus held talks with OSCE representatives on joint projects on June 16.
Minister Andrei Ravkov and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier agreed on the elimination of stocks of liquid rocket fuel components.
They will be destroyed outside Belarus with the financial and technical support from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Alexander Lukashenko: Ukrainian crisis shows OSCE role should be strengthened
Belarus is in favor of strengthening the OSCE's role. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lamberto Zannier.
These days he is on a visit in Minsk together with Michael Georg Link, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Belarus says any OSCE monitors welcome for 2015 presidential election observation
President Alexander Lukashenko met on June 16 with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier to discuss the main political event of the year in Belarus - the presidential election.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the OSCE will be able to send to Belarus any monitors it deems necessary.
OSCE election monitoring mission may arrive in Belarus in July
An OSCE mission tasked with election monitoring in Belarus may come to the country in the second half of July, said the head of the Central Election Commission of Belarus at a meeting with the Director of the OSCE ODIHR Michael Georg Link.
Lidia Yermoshina noted that during the talks, the sides touched on the working aspects related to future elections.
Contact group meeting on Ukraine underway in Minsk June 16
Minsk will host on June 16 the next round of talks to resolve the Ukrainian conflict. This was announced by the Secretary General of the OSCE.
Now Lamberto Zannier is visiting Belarus. According to him, today our capital is to host contact group discussions, as well as meetings of the three working sub-groups: on security, political and humanitarian issues.
OSCE Secretary General, ODIHR Director to visit Belarus June 15, 16
The OSCE Secretary General and the Director of the ODIHR will visit Belarus June 15 and 16. This was reported on June 11 by the Foreign Minister of our country. During the visit, there will be held a series of meetings, including at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The officials will discuss the situation in the region and cooperation between Belarus and the OSCE.