Belarusian politicians appeal to David Cameron
14:28, — Politics
They ask the British Prime Minister to confirm guarantees of independence of Belarus.
Anatol Liabedzka, the leader of the United Civil Party (UCP), takes part in the Conservatory Party conference in Manchester.
“You don't hear reports of the government every day,” Anatol Liabedzka said. “I only regret that it is not the Belarusian government. The level of openness of the discussion makes me envious. This is the result of honest and free elections.
Yesterday we had about 10 meetings with members of parliament and government officials, including British Foreign Secretary William Hague. We discussed the situation of political prisoners, prospects for fair and free elections in Belarus, the Eastern Partnership project and the Vilnius Summit.”
Anatol Liabedzka says that during the meeting with the Foreign Secretary he asked to hand over an appeal to British PM David Cameron.
“The UCP, the Belarusian Christian Party and European Belarus call on the Prime Minister to confirm the commitment of official London to the spirit and the letter of the Budapest Memorandum on on Security Assurances for Belarus,” the appeal says. In 1994, three states (the US, Russia and the United Kingdom) assumed obligations to guarantee the sovereignty of Belarus in exchange for nuclear disarmament. We regard setting up a new Russian military base in our country not only as a violation of the Constitution of Belarus, but also a violation of the Budapest Memorandum. It would be logical in this situation to receive clear answers from the guarantors of security.”
The appeal was signed by Andrei Sannikov, the leader of the civil campaign European Belarus; Vital Rymasheuski, a co-chairman of the organising committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party; and UCP head Anatol Liabedzka.
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