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Canada-Belarus Relations

Overview

In line with the Government of Canada’s broad approach of pursing dialogue and diplomacy with the international community, the policy decision to re-engage diplomatically with the government of Belarus was taken in 2016.  This shift followed a ten-year period during which official relations were limited following the flawed 2006 presidential elections, which included the harassment and intimidation of the opposition, and the subsequent suppression of protests by Belarusian authorities.  Canada's current approach to Belarus seeks to recognize the modest progress, including the conduct of peaceful presidential elections in October 2015, and in particular the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations toward a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine under the Minsk agreement.

Official representation to Belarus is based at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw.

The Canadian Embassy in Warsaw manages the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for Belarus, which supports projects focused on democratization and human rights in that country. Since the Fund’s establishment in 2012, it has supported a range of initiatives focused on strengthening democratic governance, support for diversity, human rights, empowerment of women, and sustainable development in Belarus. 

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In 2017 Canada removed Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), a sanctions regime which was initiated in 2006 as part of the previous limited engagement policy, thereby lifting sanctions that had been in place since December 2006.

June 2019


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Date Modified:
2020-03-09