Updated at 11:56,07-12-2016

Belarusian visas denied to OSCE PA observers

Two parliamentarians from Germany and Lithuania, who planned to observe the "election" in Belarus, have been denied visas.

This information was spread today by Matteo Mecacci, the coordinator of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly short-term election observation mission in Belarus.

The Belarusian MFA refused to issue visas to two parliamentarians from Germany and Lithuania, who planned to observe the "parliamentary election" in Belarus, Radio Svaboda reports.

"I am disappointed to hear that two members of our delegation were not allowed to enter Belarus to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections. I hope to receive an exhaustive explanation on this issue from the authorities to make sure that the atmosphere for the upcoming Election Observation Mission will remain calm and so that our work can continue without restrictions or limitations, as stated in our invitation to observe the elections," Mecacci said in a statement.