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Archive for September 10, 2022

Newsline: EU calls detention of senior diplomat in Belarus ‘deplorable’

The European Union condemned the detention of a senior diplomat to Belarus who attended the trial of opposition activists in the capital Minsk as “unacceptable and deplorable”. Evelina Schulz, chargée d’affaires of the EU delegation in Minsk, was detained by Belarusian police for more than two hours on Tuesday as she exited court after the public reading of verdicts in an otherwise closed-door trial, a spokesperson for the EU’s diplomatic service said. “This illegal detention of a diplomat is a serious breach of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations … and undermines their security in Belarus,” Peter Stano, spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS), said in an emailed statement. The Belarus foreign ministry responded by condemning Schulz for attending the trial and dismissed the EU criticism as a diplomatic “absurdity”. “We were forced to do this in response to unfriendly actions against our country,” Anatoly Glaz, spokesperson for the Belarusian foreign ministry said. The Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations prohibits interfering in the domestic affairs of the host country and does not include “roaming around the courts or giving assessments of the work of the judiciary,” he added. (https://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/eu-calls-detention-of-senior-diplomat-in-belarus-deplorable-2745419) The Belarusian chargé d’affaires in Brussels was summoned for an explanation of the incident.

Newsline: Peru’s foreign minister resigns due to disagreements with President

Peru’s Foreign Minister, Miguel Rodríguez Mackay, resigned on Friday as head of the Peruvian diplomacy a little more than a month after taking office due to disagreements with Peruvian President Pedro Castillo. The resignation has been announced by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry itself through its Twitter account, where it has shared a “letter of irrevocable resignation” from the minister to Castillo. (https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/peru-s-foreign-minister-resigns-due-to-disagreements-with-pedro-castillo/ar-AA11FfeA) The head of Peruvian diplomacy would have declined after a disagreement regarding the position between his sector and President Pedro Castillo on, for example, the Escazu Agreement signed in April 2021, Peru’s accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Convemar), and the recent recognition of the Saharawi Republic, as reported by ‘El Comercio’. Rodriguez Mackay announced that the Government was withdrawing its recognition of the Saharawi Arab Republic. However, the same day Pedro Castillo denied what his minister said, pointing out that Peru reaffirmed its relations with that country, according to ‘La República’.