Belarus: Ashton welcomes release of former Presidential candidate Andrei Sannikaw


"I welcome the news that former Presidential candidate Andrei Sannikaw as well as his main campaign aide Dzmitry Bandarenka are now free and will be able to rejoin their families and friends", said High Representative Catherine Ashton in a statement issued yesterday on the release of Belarusian former Presidential candidate.
The statement said that Andrei Sannikaw and Dzmitry Bandarenka stand out as prominent symbols for the tireless work and commitment of many for a democratic and European Belarus. They were sentenced on political grounds in May last year in the aftermath of the 19 December 2010 presidential elections, in which Andrei Sannikaw ran as a candidate.
In addition Ashton called on the authorities of Belarus to release unconditionally now also all other remaining political prisoners and to remove all restrictions on the enjoyment of their civil and political rights. "This would certainly contribute to possibilities for moving towards improved relations between the EU and Belarus", she concluded in her statement. (ENPI Info Centre)
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