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Belarus says it has Angela Merkel’s agreement to negotiate on migrant crisis
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The Belarusian authorities said on Wednesday that they had agreed with Angela Merkel to start talks at European level to resolve the crisis of migrants stranded between the Polish and Belarusian borders. For its part, Berlin only mentions cooperation for humanitarian aid and the return of migrants.

Minsk affirmed, Wednesday November 17, to have obtained the organization of negotiations with Brussels to settle the migratory crisis underway at the borders of the European Union, Berlin however only evoking a cooperation for humanitarian aid and the return of migrants.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke during the day by telephone, for the second time in three days, to discuss this issue which has caused serious tensions between the EU and Belarus supported by Moscow .

A few thousand migrants, mostly from the Middle East, have been camping for days in freezing temperatures along the Polish border on the Belarus side in the hope of being able to enter the EU.

Berlin shade

The West accuses Minsk of having orchestrated this influx since the summer, in response to Western sanctions against Belarus after the repression in 2020 of an opposition movement and in order to divide the Twenty-Seven.

Very isolated since on the international scene, Minsk maintained Wednesday that the appeal between Angela Merkel and Alexander Lukashenko had resulted in an agreement on the organization of Belarus-EU talks.

According to the Belarusian Presidency, the two leaders agreed “that the problem as a whole goes back to the Belarusian-EU level and that officials appointed by each of the parties immediately begin negotiations”.

“It is in this context that the wish of refugees to go to Germany will be studied,” the presidency continued in a statement.

But this announcement was immediately qualified by Berlin, which only mentioned cooperation between Minsk and the EU to provide humanitarian aid to migrants stranded at the border.

“The Chancellor stressed the need to provide humanitarian aid and repatriation options for those affected” with the United Nations and “in cooperation with the European Commission,” Angela Merkel spokeswoman Steffen Seibert said.

A crisis that can drag on

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak warned on Wednesday that this crisis “could last for months or even years”, saying the migrants have again “attacked the Polish border” overnight.

The day before, Polish security forces had used tear gas and water cannons to push back migrants who threw stones at them while trying to cross the border.

Warsaw, as well as the two other European neighbors of Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia, refuse to accept these thousands of migrants.

Polish border guards said they recorded 161 attempts at “illegal border crossings” on Tuesday, including “two attempted forcible crossings”, with Polish police also reporting nine officials injured in the clashes on Tuesday, as well as a guard border and a soldier.

For their part, aid organizations say at least 11 migrants have died on both sides of the border since the crisis began this summer and have called for a humanitarian response.

Belarus and Russia, who deny being the source of the crisis and criticize the EU for not welcoming the migrants, condemned Warsaw’s use of force.

Brussels and Washington announced on Monday that they wanted to broaden the punitive measures taken against Belarus in the coming days.

Following pressure from the EU, Belarusian airline Belavia announced on Monday that Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and Yemenis were now banned from flying from Dubai to Belarus. Turkey imposed the same restrictions last week.

Iraq announced a repatriation flight, scheduled for Thursday, for at least 200 of its nationals stranded at the border, including women and children.

Four children hospitalized

President Lukashenko, in power for three decades, spoke to Angela Merkel on Monday, her first call with a European leader since the start of the crisis.

According to the spokesperson for the Chancellor, the latter had called Alexander Lukashenko to find humanitarian issues and allow the UN to intervene. French President Emmanuel Macron has also held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in an attempt to defuse the crisis.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, who visited the border region on Tuesday said the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus was “extremely complex and problematic”.

Russian state television on Wednesday showed hundreds of migrants at a covered center set up by Belarusian authorities near the border, where families with children spent the night.

Belarus’ health ministry said it hospitalized six people, including four children.

>> To see: Belarus: Lukashenko wants to prevent the migration crisis from degenerating into “confrontation”

With AFP

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