21 January 2018, Sunday, 3:45

Polish MFA: There will be no dialogue without release of political prisoners


Lukashenka must release political prisoners.

In the evening on 14 February a meeting was held in Minsk between the director of the Eastern department of the MFA of Poland Ewa Fihel and the representatives of Belarusian opposition.

One of the participants of the meeting, the chairman of the United Civic Party Anatol Liabiedzka, informed BelaPAN about that.

Apart from him among the participants of the meeting were the first head of independent Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich, the leaders of the Tell the Truth campaign and Movement for Freedom Uladzimir Nialiaeu and Aliaksandr Milinkevich respectively, co-chairman of the organizational committee for creation of the party Belarusian Christian Democracy Vital Rymasheuski, the chairman of BPF Aliaksej Janukevich, international secretary of Young Front Valer Matskevich, a politician Aliaksandr Kazulin and a journalist Iryna Khalip.

“We had a discussion over the assessment of the situation in Belarus and the possible future developments. The Belarusian participants of the meeting has little differences in the assessment of the situation – the authorities count on force and repressions, are very disturbed about the financial and economic problems, that is why they are creating maximal obstacles for the communication of opposition and the population”, - Liabiedzka said.

According to him, the opinions of the participants of the meeting somewhat differed as to the discussion of what the dialogue with the authorities should be like. “For example the UCP’s position is that there must be a negotiation with tough conditions between the authorities and opposition with the mediation of international bodies. Somebody holds a softer position which is that at least some kind of dialogue, some movement must be there”, - Liabiedzka noted.

In her turn, Ewa Fihel informed the meeting’s participants that there is now a discussion in the EU on Belarus and the relations with the country. “According to her, there are different opinions, there is no unity, but she is sure that a consensus will be found, - Liabiedzka said. – But even now there is a single opinion that there will be no dialogue without the resolution of the issue of political prisoners”.