On Monday in Vilnius, the international conference of Konstanty Kalinowski. The participants stated that Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka should step down. A forum has also been launched, whose task will be to constantly work for change in Belarus.
– Lukashenka should leave. He cannot participate in organizing new elections and participate in them – stated the Lithuanian MP and co-organizer of the international conference Konstanty Kalinowski Żigimantas Pavilionis, summing up her work. He stressed that in Belarus, not only the president, but also the parliament should be elected through new elections.
“Of course, to achieve this goal, you need the support of the West,” he explained. As a result of the conference, a forum was initiated, described as “a kind of family whose task will be constant work to achieve this goal – the resignation of Lukashenka and the organization of new elections.”
What we are seeing “is not only the situation in Belarus, it is the international situation,” said Vytautas Landsbergis, the leader of Lithuania during the country’s regaining independence in 1990-92, during a press conference. He stressed that “the most important thing that was said during the recent events in Belarus is definitely not for the annexation of Belarus”.
In Landsbergis’s opinion, it is not Lukashenka who “is the problem” at present, but Russian President Vladimir Putin. – This is Putin’s catastrophe – he stressed. – Both Lukashenka and Putin are sick people. We can see how the sick Lukashenka behaves, but we do not know how a sick Putin can react, Landsbergis added.
Fotyga: we are very grateful that we can live in free countries
MEP Anna Fotyga (PiS) recalled during the press conference that the conference was named after Konstanty Kalinowski, the national hero of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, one of the leaders of the January Uprising, whose funeral took place in Vilnius only last autumn.
Remembering the funeral ceremonies, Fotyga emphasized that “it was a manifestation of our common history”. She expressed the belief that “it was a kind of overture (…) to what we are seeing in Belarus at the moment”.
– We are here to talk about Belarusians, to talk about the ways in which we engage and support ordinary people – said the MEP. – We have our own experience. We are very grateful to be able to live in free countries. We would like our neighbors to be able to enjoy freedom as well – she added and emphasized that “this freedom is democracy, independence, the ability to manage one’s own country in accordance with the expectations of the population.”
The organizers of the conference were the Lithuanian parliament, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and various international organizations. It was attended by politicians, political scientists, representatives of the world of culture and the Belarusian opposition.
They came to Vilnius, among others UN special rapporteur for the human rights situation in Belarus Anais Marin, US deputy secretary of state Stephen Biegun, chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the French Parliament Jean Bizet. The conference was also attended by the Deputy Marshals of the Senate of the Republic of Poland – Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka (Left) and Michał Kamiński (Coalition Poland-PSL).
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