Radoslaw Sikorski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a meeting with the Belarusian opposition and families of political prisoners made an appeal to the Belarusian president.
„Mr. President, your relations with Europe are precisely the same as relations with these people [dissidents]. As long as Belarusian are subjected to repressions, deeper relations with the European Union or economic support are impossible. Lukashenka has to chose. One way is to follow steps of president Jaruzelski, who lives in his own country, enjoys freedom and just a day before yesterday he was visited in a hospital by Lech Walesa. The other way is the one of the dictators, who lost power in their countries within last few months. – said Sikorski.
Sikorski expressed his satisfaction with presence of the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Mr. Thomas Hammarberg during a meeting with the Belarusian dissidents. – Let it be a proof that we monitor situation in Belarus very carefully, and that we will not allow for any games, any trade of political prisoners – added Sikorski.
The Polish minster added that Poland „will make great endeavours for a as generous as possible aid for Belarus, as soon as Belarusian authorities start respecting their own citizens”. He also informed that Poland will deposit a million Euro on a trust fund for Belarus in the European Investment Bank.
Uladzimir Niaklayev, Siarkhey Kalyakin, Anatol Labiedzka and families of political prisoners were among those who met with Mr. Sikorski and Mr. Hammamberg.