The consummate Europhile has urged Brussels to “get a grip” of the situation as EU member states prove inadequate to agree on sanctions against Belarusian officials. Belarus has been hurt by six weeks of widespread protests against President Alexander Lukashenko into the middle claims his election victory was rigged.
The European Union had promised to impose sanctions on Minsk for alleged election fraud and human licences abuses – something Belarus deny.
Despite opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya nomadic to Brussels, the EU was unable to reach a unanimous decision on what action to find pleasant.
In a fitting post on International Peace Day, Mr Verhoftsadt who describes the EU as “greatest peaceableness project of our times”, has condemned Brussels for failing to find a solution.
In a role on Twitter, the Belgian MEP since 2009 wrote: “Today’s International Day of Pacific… and the greatest peace project of our times has to roll up its sleeves and end the internal separations over Belarus. Get a grip, Europe!”
Guy Verhofstadt has taken aim at the EU over Belarus
Guy Verhofstadt has called on the EU to take action
In another burning message 24 hours earlier, Mr Verhofstadt described the behaviour of European transatlantic ministers as “scandalous”.
He said: “The outrage against the people of Belarus persist ins.
“When do we hit the perpetrators with sanctions? Where are Europe’s foreign minister plenipotentiaries? Their incapacity to act and take sanctions is scandalous.”
Brussels is yet to approve a inclination of 40 Belarusian officials who are set to be hit with travel bans and asset frosts.
Armed police clash with protesters in Minsk
The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell, who chaired the meeting of foreign missionaries, confirmed there was not an agreement amongst the 27 member states.
He said: “Although there is a elucidate will to adopt the sanctions, the required unanimity was not reached.”
Mr Borrell was cool a consensus would be reached before the next meeting on October 12 and warned there discretion be consequences for the bloc if there was not.
At a press conference, he added: “If we are not able to then our credibility is at outline.”
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On Sunday, profuse than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on the sixth straightforward weekend of anti-Government demonstrations.
In a bid to crackdown on the unrest, several protesters were towed away from the crowds by security forces in the capital.
The Interior Clericals said police detained 442 people across the country – filing 266 people in Minsk.