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EU places sanctions on Belarus govt. watch

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    Germany, along with the Europian Union, is exasperated due to the unfair elections held in Belarus. The EU has therefore, in effect, placed sanctions on top officials in the Belarussian government, including the illegitimate president, Mr.Lukashenko.
    Germany, along with the EU, is considering placing economic sanctions on the Belarussian government. Germany believes that as international electoral standards have been violated, the UN should be involved, and should decide on appropriate action to take against the Belarussian government.

    [ http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-10-voa41.cfm ]
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    Uzbekistan would like to know which part of the UN Charter justifies violating a nation's sovereignty in response to domestic developments? Has the Belarussian government engaged in acts of aggression against other states? Is it a threat to international peace and stability?
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    India condemns these sanctions on Belarus. We feel that they will harm the people of Belarus rather than persuading the Government for fair elections or otherwise.
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    India condemns these sanctions on Belarus. We feel that they will harm the people of Belarus rather than persuading the Government for fair elections or otherwise.
    The sanctions are not on the Belarussian population. The current sanctions are only visa restrictions on top Belarus govt. officials, barring their entry into any EU country.
    The economic sanctions that are now proposed within the EU, seize finanical assests held abroad by the Belarussian govt. The EU is actually working actively to improve relations with the Belarussian population.

    Uzbekistan would like to know which part of the UN Charter justifies violating a nation's sovereignty in response to domestic developments? Has the Belarussian government engaged in acts of aggression against other states? Is it a threat to international peace and stability?
    Belarus is a democratic country. The UN often sends overseeing parties to ensure fair elections. It did so recently in Congo and Haiti.
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    China hopes these sanctions do not harm the Belorussian people, with whom we have good relations and are willing to protect. We mantain our congratulations to Lukashenko for his success.

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    OK then, India hopes these sanctions will be only restriced to Belorussian officials, and not extend to harm the population. India is also unsure how the sanctions on visas will force or persuade the Belorussian government into doing anything?
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    The Ukraine applauds these sanctions and hope that the people of Belarus will soon be able to live in a free democracy
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    China hopes these sanctions do not harm the Belorussian people, with whom we have good relations and are willing to protect.
    Germany reiterates that the current restrictions are only travel restrictions on top Belarussian govt. officials. They do not affect the Belarussian population.
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    OK then, India hopes these sanctions will be only restriced to Belorussian officials, and not extend to harm the population. India is also unsure how the sanctions on visas will force or persuade the Belorussian government into doing anything?
    Initially, the Belarus govt. cannot enter EU countries. We have support from the US, and it will also likely impose restrictions on the govt.
    A second step that is under review, is to seize foreign Belarussian (govt) assests in EU countries. This, especially if supported by other countries, could have persuasive power.
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    The Ukraine whole heartedly supports this second step and urges the EU and the US to do this as soon as possible.
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    Germany thanks the Ukraine for its support.
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    (Original post by aiman)
    Belarus is a democratic country. The UN often sends overseeing parties to ensure fair elections. It did so recently in Congo and Haiti.
    The UN is allowed to supervise elections with the consent of the government in question. Its charter does not give it permission to impose any kind of penalties if the elections don't live up to its standard or if the observers aren't allowed in. So once again, would the German delegate like to point to the part of the UN Charter that explicitly allows the use of coercion against a state for its internal developments?

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    China hopes these sanctions do not harm the Belorussian people, with whom we have good relations and are willing to protect. We mantain our congratulations to Lukashenko for his success.

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    Uzbekistan thanks China for offering support in defense of international law against Western imperialists.

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    Article 52 of the UN charter
    Nothing in the present Charter precludes the existence of regional arrangements or agencies for dealing with such matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security as are appropriate for regional action provided that such arrangements or agencies and their activities are consistent with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations.
    Any action by the EU in imposing sanction would definitely be consistent with "the Purposes and Principles of the UN" as the govt of Belarus have violated many of the articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Having a despot in Europe doesn't do anything for international security as well.
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    (Original post by RichyP)
    Any action by the EU in imposing sanction would definitely be consistent with "the Purposes and Principles of the UN" as the govt of Belarus have violated many of the articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Having a despot in Europe doesn't do anything for international security as well.
    The UN's main principles are those of non-aggression and respect for national sovereignty. If the EU thinks that its sanctions are consistent with the principles of the UN, then it should pass a UN resolution and have the Securite Council impose the same sanctions.
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    Good idea
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    Greece argues that the EU must prevent such unfair democracy - in such case, this democacy is evolving into dictatorship.
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    Germany wishes that the international community (outside the EU) also involve themselves in ending this dictatorship.
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    (Original post by ElWilson)
    Greece argues that the EU must prevent such unfair democracy - in such case, this democacy is evolving into dictatorship.
    Greece didn't seem to take that position 30 years ago.
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    Greece didn't seem to take that position 30 years ago.
    That was the past. In the past Germany didn't also believe in democracy.
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    (Original post by aiman)
    That was the past. In the past Germany didn't also believe in democracy.
    If one goes far enough into the past one will find that the majority of modern day countries were ruled at one time or another by an undemocratic power.
    The past is past. México advises you to stay in the present.
    As to the matter at hand, México will support Germany.
 
 
 
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