Angelika Borys re-elected president of the Polish Union in Belarus

Angelika Borys has been re-elected president of the Polish Union in Belarus.

She gathered the majority of votes from more than 150 representatives who arrived at the Union's 7th congress in Grodno despite attempts by Belarus authorities to intimidate delegates. The Union is not accepted by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka, which backs another organization, in turn not recognized by Warsaw.

Opposition leader Alexandar Milinkevich who attended the congress called it a "feast of freedom": 'We'll see how the congress goes, I'm counting on good results, truth will win!' he said.

On Monday in Brussels EU foreign ministers are to decide on possible sanctions against Belarus, where the situation in respect of human rights and freedom of speech has deteriorated significantly over the past six months. Polish diplomats in Brussels have indicated that Warsaw's position vis a vis sanctions will depend on the course of events at the Polish Union congress.



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