Warsaw warns Belarus over Polish minority

Diplomatic tensions are mounting over the Polish minority in Belarus. According to sources close to the matter, up to 40 Belarusians of Polish descent had been arrested as of Monday, including the leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Anzelika Borys.

"I cannot talk, because the militia have banned us from using our phones. I have been detained," Ms Borys was quoted by PAP as saying before the phone was cut off.

The ZPB is banned under the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Last week Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski met Belarusian counterpart Sergei Martynov to discuss the issue. Mr Sikorski issued a warning to the Belarusian authorities, purportedly reminding them that Polish assistance in issues such as obtaining a new tranche of credit from the International Monetary Fund and the elimination of visa restrictions would be contingent on better treatment of the Polish minority in Belarus. (RG)


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