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  Tatjana Korovenkova. Lukashenko promised the guests “much more democratic elections than before”

2010 11 08

“Legitimacy of the coming elections is most important for us than for anybody else in the world”, stated the President of Belarus on 2 November at the opening of the meeting with the visiting Minsk Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the FRG and Poland, Guido Westerwelle and Radoslaw Sikorski.

Current elections, according to the words of Aleksandr Lukashenko, will be held “much more openly and democratically than the previous”.

According to the words of Lukashenko, Germany and Poland are doing a lot for establishing good relationship as between Belarus and the two countries, as between Belarus and the EU.

- The potential of our possibilities is huge, but the scope of not utilised yet possibilities is even larger, - was sure the President. – And the steps taken by the European Union, for example, sanctions and other limitations are not facilitating the improvement of the relations. Lukashenko is also worried about the initiative of the EU “The Eastern Partnership”, which is simply “making no headway”.

Sikorski responded in his own turn: Poland, as a neighbour of Belarus and the EU Member State, is interested in that Belarus “observed the European values”. According to his words, Poland supports such goals and objectives of the “Eastern Partnership”, as the economic integration and the facilitated visa regime.

His German colleague Guido Westerwelle added that the EU is willing to see Belarus not just as “a neighbour, but as a good partner, too”.

- We are ready to expand our economic cooperation, but we are also willing that Belarus respected human rights, observed the principles of democracy and the precedence of law, - said the Head of the MFA of the FRG.

The European Union, he stressed, is willing that the representatives of the opposition had access to mass media and had a possibility to deliver its views and programmes to the society.

Westerwelle has also expressed his expectations that the international observers would be able to survey freely the situation in the country and to observe fully the process of elections.

In response to that Lukashenko stated: “You may even count the votes, if you wish so”.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from « Салидарнасць» of 02 11 2010


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