Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Rosenthal indignant at Belarusian expulsion of Swedish diplomats

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal is indignant that all Swedish diplomats have been told to leave Belarus within 30 days. The Belarusian government had already refused to extend the Swedish ambassador’s accreditation, saying that he had too many contacts with opposition groups.

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal is indignant that all Swedish diplomats have been told to leave Belarus within 30 days. The Belarusian government had already refused to extend the Swedish ambassador’s accreditation, saying that he had too many contacts with opposition groups.

‘Clearly the Belarusian authorities are afraid of criticism of the constant human rights violations taking place in their country,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘The Netherlands stands firmly behind Sweden.’

On Friday the European Union will discuss possible measures in response