On May 23, 2013 the round-table discussion on the draft law “On Belarusians living abroad” took place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
The event was attended by the parliamentarians, experts of Belarusian ministries, representatives of Belarusian NGO, associations of Belarusians from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Israel.
The concept of the abovementioned draft law was discussed inside Belarusian diaspora before. The law is aimed at creating the basis for the systemic work of Belarus with the compatriots living abroad, provides the legal basis for further development of cooperation. The participants of the discussion marked that the adoption of the law will help to consolidate the efforts of Belarusian governmental organizations and develop mutually beneficial cooperation between Belarus and compatriots living abroad, as well as with the diaspora.
The participants of the event fully supported the draft law, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports. During the discussion it was outlined that Belarus considers the Belarusians living abroad to be an integral part of our nation and there is no division according to political or any other criterion. Belarus is ready to build up mutually beneficial dialogue with all Belarusian associations all over the world that are willing to work for the benefit of the native land.
It is interesting that representatives of the World Association of Belarusians “Baćkaŭščyna” (Fatherland) which has been pressing for adopting the law for the long were not present at the discussion. They turn out to have been invited to the round table on the very day of its holding, and it was impossible to make it to the discussion in time, Alena Makouskaya. Head of the organisation, told Nasha Niva.
The World Association of Belarusians “Baćkaŭščyna” (Fatherland) is an international organisation uniting people of Belarusian descent. Currently 135 organisations of the Belarusian diaspora from 28 countries are members of Baćkaŭščyna which was founded in 1990.