European Parliament to debate Tunisia riots, sanctions on Belarus

STRASBOURG, January 17 (Itar-Tass) -- A sharply deteriorated domestic political situation in Tunisia and possible sanctions against Belarus will be high on the agenda of a plenary session of the European Parliament on Monday.

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs will convene for an extraordinary meeting to discuss possible sanctions against the Belarusian authorities on Monday, a source in the European Parliament Secretariat told Itar-Tass.

European deputies voiced serious concerns more than once over tough measures taken by the Belarusian authorities against the opposition after the presidential elections on December 19, 2010, the source said. Now it is high time to take concrete steps, he noted.

The European Parliament does not rule out major restrictions on inter-parliamentary cooperation with Belarus and the allocation of additional financial aid to the institutes of civil society.

President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek is to make an official statement on ongoing clashes in Tunisia that killed more than 70 people.


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