Today a visit of the former candidate for presidency in Belarus, the head of the Political council of the united democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich to the capital of the Great Britain starts.
Before departure Alyaksandr Milinkevich told to Radio Svaboda about the program of his visit.
“It was an official invitation to visit the United Kingdom. During the visit a meeting with Jeff Hoon, Britain`s Minister for Europe, will take place, as well as negotiations in the Foreign Office and Parliament. Besides, meetings in Slavonic Studies Institute, a press-conference and an appearance on BBC, a meeting with Belarusians of the Great Britain are planned. The trip is to take 4 days”.
It is the first Alyaksandr Milinkevich’s visit to London since he had started to take part in the presidential campaign. The head of the united democratic forces sees significance of this visit in the following:
“The Great Britain has always been taking a principled and firm position concerning Belarus. And I think that after the presidential election in France, considering the same position of Germany, it would be a common position of Europe, The position is clear: Europe is open, but Belarus must take steps towards democracy.
Besides, I count on the Great Britain’s intensifying cooperation with the democratic forces of Belarus”.
A new president was elected in France a week ago. A new Prime Minister is to be elected in the Great Britain soon. A new German Chancellor appeared relatively not long ago. Alyaksandr Milinkevich personally knows Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Milinkevich met with the new leader of France last year in September when Sarkozy was French Interior Minister. Then in Marseilles Nicolas Sarkozy told that there such countries like Belarus on the map of Europe where freedom and democracy are absent, and where the regime uses repressions against its own nation. He also said that Europe should change its attitude towards Belarus, as moral gestures are not enough now. Political defending of democracy in Belarus is needed. And diplomatic opportunities of the EU countries should be used for that.
As said by A. Milinkevich, he would remind these words to his interlocutors in London.