The European Commission is becoming increasingly concerned about human rights abuses in Belarus and will send a top diplomat there to get a better idea of the situation, the Reuters news agency quoted EU President Jose Manuel Barroso as saying on Tuesday.
“We are preparing a decision to send a charge d’affaires to Minsk to monitor the situation on the ground,” Barroso told a news conference in Budapest.
Speaking after meeting with the prime ministers of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Barroso said the EU was “very concerned with the situation of human rights in Belarus”.
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