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Objectiveness expected from OSCE freedom of media representative’s visit to Belarus

MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian side expects objectiveness and readiness for a dialogue from the visit of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to Belarus. The statement was made by Chairman of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Nikolai Samoseiko before the meeting with the OSCE Representative on 4 June, BelTA has learned.

“I think that the visit of Dunja Mijatovic to Belarus should result in objectiveness and readiness for an equal dialogue based on mutual respect,” said the MP. He also remarked that Belarus is open to such a dialogue in all the spheres and areas: “It is this dialogue that is the future because an analysis of European Union sanctions indicates that the sanctions were counterproductive. Instead of a positive effect they have produced quite the opposite results”.

Nikolai Samoseiko underlined that Dunja Mijatovic should put together her own opinion instead of the one based on the wild guesses prompted by the so-called opposition.

At the meeting with Belarusian MPs Dunja Mijatovic noted: “I am glad to be here and meet with you”. She added that the meeting with parliamentarians was an inalienable part of her work. According to the OSCE representative, the role of lawmakers is extremely important in any situation. Dunja Mijatovic assured that she always encourages authorities of any level to hear out the opinion of the legislative power. In her words, all the legal acts on mass media should demonstrate a friendly attitude towards mass media.

Apart from Nikolai Samoseiko Chairman of the Human Rights, National Relations and Mass Media Commission of the House of Representatives Andrei Naumovich and his deputy Oksana Nekhaichik took part in the meeting with Dunja Mijatovic on 4 June.