MINSK, August 15 (Itar-Tass) — Russia will help work out “an objective and unbiased” assessment on holding the parliamentary elections in Belarus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
During the meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday, Lavrov said, “I can assure you that we will do our best to give an objective and unbiased assessment on the elections in Belarus.”
The Russian minister stressed that this assessment should not be “subject of unilateral rules that the OSCE tries to impose on contrary to all proposals to work out common rules to observe the elections”.
He said the CIS heads of state took a decision to increase the role of CIS observers at the presidential and parliamentary elections. The minister explained that the role of the CIS mission “should have more influence on these processes on the European space”. This will help give an assessment based on the weighty collective approach and not on the OSCE monopoly, Lavrov stressed.
“Russian citizens will take part in different missions during the parliamentary elections in Belarus [scheduled for September 23].” Among such missions, the Russian minister named the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the OSCE ODIHR [Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights] and the CIS, of course.
At the same time, he said the OSCE realises that it “is necessary to put things in order in this sphere”.
Lavrov recalled that recently the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly had decided to give a comparative analysis of the election laws of OSCE countries and work out the common criteria.