The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
High Representative Catherine Ashton condemns the use of violence following yesterday's presidential elections in Belarus, in particular the beating and detention of several opposition leaders including a number of presidential candidates. She calls on the authorities to immediately release those arrested.
HR/VP Ashton regrets that last night's events do not reflect the relative progress we had noted so far in the pre-election period.
She has taken note of the preliminary results of the elections as announced by the authorities. We are now waiting for the OSCE/ODIHR preliminary report to assess the conduct of the elections