A meeting between the US president and the delegation of the Belarusian opposition took place on 6 December. The talks with George Bush lasted for an hour Instead of 40 scheduled minutes. “Taking into consideration the significance of the meeting and time limit, it was difficult to choose topics of top priority. But the president starts up a discussion, he asked concrete questions, and demonstrated his good familiarity with the Belarusian situation. He said: imagine you are Bush and what you can do for Belarus,” Alyaksandr Milinkevich, head of the Belarusian delegate, leader of the “For Freedom” movement, said.
Alyaksandr Milinkevich said the talk with George Bush was meaningful and businesslike. After the talk the US president showed his cabinet to the Belarusian delegation.
“We spoke about support of media in the country, TV channel BelSat, civil society. The issues of coordination of the international policy in relations with Lukashenka’s regime were also discussed,” Milinkevich told.
The US Ambassador to Belarus Karen Stuart was also present at the meeting in the White House.
The head of the delegation also told that besides of the meeting with the US president the Belarusian delegation held a press conference in the Radio Liberty office. Later a telebridge with the radio president Jeffrey Gedmin was organised. The meeting with the Belarusian community is scheduled for evening.
It should be reminded that yesterday hearing titled “Belarus: from Dictatorship to Democracy” took place at the US Congress, as well as meetings with leadership of Marshall Fund, director of International Republican Institute Lorn Craner, members of the National Endowment for Democracy and Germany’s Ambassador to the USA Klaus Scharioth.
The Belarusian delegation included Alyaksandr Milinkevich, leader of the “For Freedom” movement; Anatol Lyabedzka, head of the United Civic Party; youth leader Paval Sevyarynets; Syargey Kalyakin, leader of the Belarusian Party of Communists; Anatol Lyaukovich, deputy head of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Gramada); Zmitser Fedaruk, one of the Young Front leaders; and former political prisoner Enira Branitskaya.