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2021.11.11 10:39

Lithuania to ask UN for ‘humanitarian corridor’ in Belarus

LRT.lt2021.11.11 10:39

Lithuania will ask the United Nations to open a “humanitarian corridor” in Belarus in order to return stranded migrants to their countries, according to Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

“The main issue we want to raise – opening a humanitarian corridor from the [Belarusian] border via Grodno for those people to return to their homes,” Landsbergis told reporters on Thursday.

Read more: Migration crisis in Baltics and Poland

Big numbers of migrants, most of them originating from the Middle East, have been amassing at the Polish-Belarusian border this week. Polish authorities say they are being directed by Belarusian officers to force their way into Poland. No forced entry attempts have been reported on the Lithuanian border.

Messages on social media suggest that some migrants on the Poland-Belarus border want to return to Iraq and other countries, Landsbergis said.

“Grodno Airport could be used as a transportation airport, allowing those people to simply return home, rather than wait for salvation in Belarusian forests,” the minister said.

According to Landsbergis, the agenda of the UN Security Council meeting, scheduled for Thursday, has not been confirmed yet.

It has been called by Estonia, France, and Ireland to discuss the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border.

According to Landsbergis, the UN is the only international organisation that can “exert pressure from inside Belarus”.

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