Belarusian parliamentarians call Europarl resolution biased

MINSK, January 21 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarusian parliamentarians think that the European Parliament resolution on Belarus disregards facts.

"Belarusian parliamentarians are very disappointed with the European Parliament resolution of January 20, 2011, which proves that the European Parliament once again disregards facts in the formation of its position on the Republic of Belarus," the Belarusian parliament chambers said in a joint statement on Friday.

The Belarusian presidential election was held "in strict compliance with national laws and had indisputable results, which fully mirrored the will of the Belarusian people," the statement said. "Law enforcers displayed maximal self-control and did not interfere in the unauthorized rally until its leaders and participants made the action violent."

"We regret that instead of making a serious analysis of the progress and causes of the events that took place in Minsk on the night of December 19 a number of Western colleagues ignored facts and reality and concentrated on emotional criticism of the forced actions of the Belarusian side," the statement said.

The tone of the resolution "proves that, unfortunately, the common sense once again fell victim of emotions, while the dialog was substituted with pressure," the statement said.

The deputies expressed hope that the European Parliament would abandon double standards some day and confirmed the readiness for "a constructive dialog with international parliamentary organizations and national parliaments of other countries exclusively on the basis of mutual respect and equality."

The European Parliament criticized the Belarusian presidential election and threatened with sanctions to Belarusian officials.


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