Belarus President Appreciative Of Germam Role In Belarus-EU Rapprochement

By NAM NEWS NETWORK. Dec 9th, 2009. .

MINSK, Dec 9 (NNN-BELTA) - President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has expressed his appreciation for Germany's role in Belarus-European Union (EU) rapprochement.

Speakign when he met outgoing German Ambassador Gebhardt Weiss here Tuesday, President Lukashenko said Weiss had done his best to bring Belarus closer to the EU.

"Ambassadors are supposed to bring countries closer and they must never ever counteract the processes going on here, they must never dig trenches and build 'Berlin Walls' between countries. Unfortunately, things happen differently sometimes," he said.

"I can only be thankful as far as Germany and its current ambassador are concerned. You have done your best in this situation. Your mission was aimed at bringing Belarus closer to Germany and the European Union," stressed President Lukashenko.

"The pragmatism and respect for our nation deserve great trust."

The head of state said he hoped the efforts of the ambassador would be duly rewarded.

"I would very much like the new ambassador to be as attentive and understanding about the problems that exist in Belarus today and want to help it," said the president. "I would like you to produce one result - bringing nations closer."

In turn, Weiss said that his diplomatic mission in Belarus would end in mid-2010. Assessing what has been done, the diplomat said: "Despite all these difficult framework terms today Brussels is hosting the first meeting of foreign ministers of Eastern Partnership member-states. It will also be the first meeting of the Belarusian Foreign Minister and the new German Foreign Minister.

"I would like to underline that we have done a lot and a very important year is ahead of us. I believe that everything will be right in the development of the domestic political life in December 2010. I think opportunities for the full growth of cooperation between the European Union and Belarus will emerge. I wish them to you and your country."

Germany is one of Belarus' priority partners and promoting relations with Germany is one of the key prerequisites for normalizing relations with the EU and for Belarus' full-scale participation in European inter-state and inter-parliamentary organizations.

Germany is also one of the leading steady non-CIS trade partners of Belarus.

Meanwhile, it was reported that a big German investor is ready to finance the construction of ten biogas plants in Minsk oblast.

Andrei Minenkov, an official of the energy efficiency department of the Belarus State Standardization Committee, told reporters the relative agreements had been already signed with some agricultural companies of the Minsk region and the first two biogas plants are expected to be launched next year.

According to Minenkov, the Belarusian side is also negotiating with the other investors who are interested in innovation projects on energy efficiency and energy saving in the animal production industry.

According to the specialist, at present there are three biogas plants in Belarus.


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