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Reestablishing Diplomatic Relations With Belarusby Representative Dana Rohrabacher
Posted on 2015-12-10
ROHRABACHER asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a resolution
calling for reestablishing full diplomatic relations between the United
States and the nation of Belarus with the focus of exchanging
ambassadors between our countries. This resolution recognizes that the
Government of Belarus has reached out to the West and has improved
political conditions in their own country.
For example, the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe monitored the recent Presidential election in Belarus and noted the progress made in establishing a more democratic and open system.
Another example of Belarus' positive action is that it played a significant role in bringing about a cease-fire in Ukraine. It did this by hosting immense diplomatic talks between all [[Page H9216]] parties to the conflict. This was a major contribution toward restoring peace to that region.
Furthermore, on October 22 of this year, Belarus released all of its very few political prisoners.
In response, the European Union and the United States have temporarily lifted economic sanctions. Hopefully, that temporary suspension of economic sanctions will become permanent as Belarus continues to improve its standing.
Exchanging ambassadors, as my resolution calls for, is a major step forward in the right direction. I ask my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution, which I will submit to the Congress right now.