Belarusian politicians meet with European commissioner Štefan Füle
On 8 July Belarusian opposition leaders, including co-chairman of the BCD Vital Rymasheuski, had a meeting with Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.
Štefan Füle arrived in Minsk on Thursday afternoon with an intention to negotiate with Alexander Lukashenko, deputy prime minister Andrei Kabyakou and foreign minister Syargei Martynau.
But in the first instance he had a meeting with some representatives of the democratic opposition.
Vital Rymasheuski says that there was a warm friendly atmosphere at the meeting.
“We exchanged our opinions regarding the future of Belarus. And I felt we were at the same wavelength. We absolutely agree on the ways of democratizing this country”.
They also discussed the upcoming presidential elections and the issue of political prisoners. Thus, Vital Rymasheuski informed the commissioner of Yauhen Yakavenka’s case. This member of the BCD from Homel has been sentenced to a year of penal servitude.
According to Mr Rymasheuski, Štefan Füle announced that an agreement between Belarus and the European Union would be negotiated in September and October. It will only be signed under the condition that the Belarusian authorities fulfil five demands of the EU. They ought to reform the election legislation, to ensure the freedom of opinion and expression and the freedom of assembly and association, to improve the conditions in which non-governmental organizations have to operate and, finally, to abolish restrictions on people’s personal freedom.
The European commissioner said that signing this agreement would become a key to Belarus’s further cooperation with the European Union.
Commenting on this meeting Vital Rymasheuski emphasized that the representative of the EU and the leaders of the Belarusian Christian Democracy had the same vision on how Belarus should be democratized.
“The EU policy towards Belarus should be firm and pragmatic, and it should be based upon democratic values”.
Press-centre of the Belarusian Christian Democracy