Lithuania, which now chairs the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has initiated consultations with the Belarusian government to find a solution that would enable the OSCE to continue its work in Belarus.
The OSCE's mandate in Belarus expired on December 31 and Minsk does not plan to extend it.
In his statement the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis expressed hope that consultations will help to make Belarus's democratic institutes and norm be in line with the OSCE standards.
In December, the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko was reelected as the country's president. The presidential elections ended up with protest campaigns. More than 600 people including the presidential candidates from the opposition were detained by police.