Breaking News
0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Brussels to Poland: protect human lives, allow EU guards to Belarus border

GlobalSep 24, 2021 16:30
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Polish border guard officers stand guard next to a group of migrants stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo 2/2

By Gabriela Baczynska and Joanna Plucinska

BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) - The EU executive expressed concern on Friday over the plight of migrants stuck on the Polish-Belarusian border and urged Warsaw to protect human lives and allow the bloc's joint frontier force Frontex to provide assistance in the area.

Three migrants died on the Polish side of the border and onemore just inside Belarus earlier this week while trying to crossinto Poland. The causes of death have not been given. A fifthdeath - of an Iraqi man just inside Poland, probably from aheart attack - was reported on Friday.

Poland and the EU have accused Belarus of encouragingmigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan and African countries to cross the border in order to put pressure on the bloc over sanctions Brussels has imposed on Minsk for human rights abuses.

"We recognise that the Polish authorities are dealing with adifficult situation. The situation has been created by anattempt to instrumentalise people for political purposes," aspokesman for the European Commission told a news conference.

But Poland must carry out its border management dutieswithout endangering human life or denying people necessary care,he said, adding: "The situation is very concerning."

"It would be a good idea for our shared border to beprotected using our shared resources, namely those provided bythe agency (Frontex)," the spokesman said.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Poland, which has one of the biggest border forces in theEU, has not requested Frontex assistance, though the agency ishelping in nearby Lithuania and Latvia, which also share aborder with Belarus.

Warsaw has introduced a state of emergency along its borderwith Belarus, meaning no journalists, politicians or rightsactivists are allowed into the area.

The Commission said the EU's top migration official, YlvaJohansson, wanted to discuss with Warsaw on Friday financial andother assistance the bloc can provide, including a Frontexdeployment and a visit by EU experts to the border zone.

Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said Johansson was not in touch. The ministry did not respond to a Reutersrequest for comment.

The Polish and Lithuanian interior ministries agreed separately on Friday to push for EU financing for a border fence between their countries and Belarus.

Poland's handling of the border situation has further strained relations with the EU over migration.

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has resisted EUpressure to take in some of the mostly Muslim migrants trying toenter Europe, seeing them as a threat to national security andto Poland's Christian culture and identity.

The Commission and rights groups fear that Poland is forcingmigrants at the border back into Belarus, violating their right to seek asylum and putting them at greater risk.

U.N. human rights chief Michele Bachelet called on Belarus'neighbours on Friday to protect asylum seekers following thedeaths on the Polish border.

Brussels to Poland: protect human lives, allow EU guards to Belarus border
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind: 

  • Enrich the conversation
  • Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
  •  Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
  • Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
  • Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (1)
Matt Hester
Matt Hester Sep 24, 2021 21:59
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
They should not be there in the first place.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email