Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Situation in Belarus: Discussion with Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Photo of Catherine ArdaghCatherine Ardagh (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I warmly welcome our distinguished guest to the country and to our committee. She is a frequent visitor. I saw the video of the moment when she was reunited with her host family and I was crying while watching it. It showed that there was a great deal of love and respect and that Ms Tsikhanouskaya had a wonderful time here as a child. I am going to keep my contribution short. I do not have particular questions because our brief is detailed. Ms Tsikhanouskaya has my support and that of the committee. She is brave to be travelling to European countries and fighting this fight, even though her life is clearly in danger and she has had to leave her home. We support her, and if there is anything we might be able to do, such as using our role on the United Nations Security Council to highlight this issue further on an international level, we would be delighted to do so. Suggestions would be very much welcome from Ms Tsikhanouskaya regarding how we might help her.


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