Borys: There can be two unions in Belarus

Andzelika Borys, head of the Union of Poles in Belarus, has said that the Polish minority in Belarus is ready to reach a compromise with the authoritarian leader on the rival union run by Stanislaw Siemaszko and supported by the Lukashenko regime.

"There can be two unions in Belarus. We're not afraid of competition," said Borys in Warsaw, and added that the pro-government union run by Siemaszko was artificially created by the Belarusian authorities, while her union truly represents Poles in Belarus and takes independent decisions.

Borys refrained from commenting on the recent meeting between Belarus's President Aleksander Lukashenko and Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski,

"We'll see what happens, it's just the first step" said Borys, referring to the initiative to set up a Polish-Belarusian team of investigators to look into allegations that the Polish minority is being repressed in Belarus.

The Polish minority leader, who met with speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski Friday morning, also said that the conflict concerns not only the civil rights of Poles, but also human rights of opposition acitvists. Andzelika Borys also mentioned how important Poland's support in creating independent media and organizations in Belarus is.

Komorowski promised that Poland will financially support such media, especially Bielsat TV.


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