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Martynov urges to observe EaP basic principles

MINSK, 24 July (BelTA) – A Belarusian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov attended the 3rd meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the partner countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in Brussels on 23 July, BelTA learnt from the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

Sergei Martynov emphasized the need to strictly observe the EaP basic principles precluding discriminatory approaches, which is hampered by the deficit of democracy within the Eastern Partnership. "The Belarusian diplomat underlined the need to admit the human rights problems in the EU countries too, especially considering the recent crisis trends,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Belarus made specific proposals regarding the substantive content of the Eastern Partnership. The emphasis is placed on energy and transport that can give a new impetus to the project activities of this regional initiative.

The Foreign Ministry added that the meeting in Brussels was also attended by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, the heads of the foreign ministries of the EU member states and partner countries. The participants of the meeting discussed the European Union roadmap for the Eastern Partnership, further development of the EaP initiative until the next summit at the level of heads of state and heads of government which will take place in Vilnius in the autumn of 2013.

In addition, Sergei Martynov held a number of bilateral meetings with senior officials of the European External Action Service, the European Commission, and the foreign ministries of the EU member countries.