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SANTIAGO COUNCIL - Governance, energy and climate change, new horizons for peace

06-07 November 2006


The Council of the Socialist International, meeting in Santiago, Chile, on 6-7 November 2006:

• Took note of the permanent violation of democracy, legality and human rights in Belarus;

• Calls on the regime of President Lukaschenko to stop immediately its policy of suppression of democratic opposition forces;

• Expresses its permanent support for all political groups striving to achieve democracy in Belarus;

• Especially calls for the immediate release of Alexander Kazulin, Mikalai Statkevich, and all the other democratic politicians jailed following dubious juridical procedures;

• And calls on all its member parties to intensify pressure on the Lukaschenko regime both bilaterally and in international bodies to start a process of democratic change in Belarus.