OSCE Releases a Negative Report on Belarusian Presidential Elections
This Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions is the result of a common endeavour involving the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Kent Härstedt (Sweden) was appointed by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office as Special Co-ordinator and leader of the OSCE short-term observers. Jim Walsh (Ireland) headed the OSCE PA delegation. Reha Denemeç (Turkey) headed the PACE delegation. Ambassador Jacques Faure is the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission (EOM), deployed from 24 August.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.