| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Polish government to ask president to extend state of emergency on Belarus border

A spokeswoman for the Polish government said on Tuesday that the government will seek the president to prolong a state of emergency on the Belarus border by 60 days owing to a rise in migration that Warsaw blames on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, all members of the European Union, have reported sharp increases in migrants attempting to cross their borders from Afghanistan and Iraq, in what Brussels and Warsaw believe is a form of hybrid warfare aimed at putting pressure on the bloc over sanctions imposed on Minsk.

“The Council of Ministers has resolved to request another 60-day extension of the state of emergency from President Andrzej Duda… The situation at the Polish-Belarusian border remains tense “At a press conference, Piotr Muller stated.

President Duda’s spokesperson, Blazej Spychalski, told state-run news agency PAP earlier on Tuesday that the president will make a decision by Friday.

Although Poland proclaimed a state of emergency at the beginning of September, human rights activists have criticized the populist government for its handling of refugees at the border.

On Monday, Poland’s interior minister Mariusz Kaminski said material related to Islamist extremism had been found on the phones of migrants crossing its border.

  • Reuters