Polish government summons Belarus after body found near border

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Polish government summons Belarus after body found near border

Polish border guards stand next to a group of migrants unsupported on the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland, September 1 in 2021. Reuters Kacper Pempel R. Pempel.

On Oct 14 Reuters - Poland's foreign minister summoned Belarusian Commissioner d'affaires on Thursday after Polish police found the body of a migrant near the border with Poland.

It was the second time in a week when Aleksandr Czasnouski had been called in to answer questions about situation near the frontier, where Poland has imposed a state of emergency following a surge in migrants from countries like Afghanistan and Iraq trying to enter the European Union country via Belarus.

Police found another body of a person who was trying to cross the border yesterday, foreign ministry spokesperson Lukasz Jasina said by telephone.

The second issue e discussed was a humanitarian convoy which Belarus wants to be allowed into Poland, he said.

The Belarusian Embassy in Warsaw did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.

It was the sixth body by Polish authorities near the border since the surge of migrants.

Czasnouski was also summoned to the Ministry last week after border guards said Belarusian soldiers patrolling the frontier were shot from the Polish side. The European Commission, and Warsaw say the flow of migrants has been orchestrated by Belarus as a form of hybrid warfare designed to put pressure on the EU over sanctions it imposed on Minsk. Belarus has denied this.

Human rights activists have accused the Polish government of treating migrants inhumanely and not letting them apply for international protection. The government says the migrants are Belarus's responsibility, as they are legally on its territory and that offers of humanitarian aid have been rejected.

On Thursday, the EU executive summoned envoys from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to Brussels over the fate of migrants who remain stuck at their borders with Belarus. Polish Lawmakers are due to vote for the construction of a wall that was equipped with motion sensors and cameras at a cost of more than 1.6 billion zlotys $407 million Pole began building a barbed wire fence in August.