: Canada to lift sanctions on Belarus

12:47 May. 8, 2016

Canada to lift sanctions on Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Nov. 6, 2015 (AP Photo)

Canada recognizes the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations toward a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine 

Pursuant to the Government of Canada's commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to lift sanctions against Belarus that have been in place since December 14, 2006, according to a posting on the website of the foreign affairs department. 

It is noted that this announcement is consistent with actions taken by the United States and the European Union since October 2015, and reflects Canada's acknowledgment that the government of Belarus has made progress in key areas in recent months, including the release of political prisoners and conducting a presidential election in October 2015, which demonstrated greater adherence to international norms, according to the statement.

Canada also recognizes the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations toward a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine—the Minsk agreements—in September 2014 and February 2015.

Read also E.U. to lift sanctions on Belarusian officials - diplomatic source

As an interim measure while the regulatory process to lift sanctions against Belarus moves forward, Global Affairs Canada will issue export permits for the export to Belarus of goods and technology that are not specifically listed in the Export Control List, the statement said. 

Reporting by UNIAN

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