Tánaiste welcomes release of Belarusian opposition leader and calls on Lukashenko to free others15/4/12
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., in his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), today said he was relieved that Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikov has been released from custody under a presidential amnesty and called on President Aleksandr Lukashenko to free all remaining jailed opponents. The Tánaiste said:
“This is excellent news for Sannikov, his family and his friends, but I remain concerned over the fate of other jailed political opponents, notably former presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich. I call upon President Lukashenko to build upon this positive development and release all remaining jailed opposition leaders”.