G7 Foreign Ministers Condemn Belarus Of Irregular Migration As A “Hybrid Tactic”

The G7 Foreign Ministers have accused Belarus of using irregular migration as a hybrid tactic against its neighbors and expressed solidarity with Poland.

“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union condemn the Belarus regime’s orchestration of irregular migration across its borders. These callous acts are putting peoples’ lives at risk,” the G7 Foreign Ministers said in a statement on Thursday.

They also called on Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko’s regime to immediately cease its aggressive and exploitative campaign in order to prevent further deaths and suffering among migrants. 

“International organizations need to be provided with immediate and unhindered access to deliver humanitarian assistance. The actions of the Belarusian regime are an attempt to deflect attention from its ongoing disregard for international law, fundamental freedoms, and human rights, including those of its own people,” the statement added.

G7 also commended the European Union for working closely with the migrant countries of origin and vowed to continue working with them. 

Poland on Thursday said more people are trying to cross its border from Belarus while thousands of migrants are still trapped on the borders. 

The migrants, especially those from Iraq, are barred from entering Poland and are due to return to Iraq on the first flight from Minks on Thursday.

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