Prime Minister: Poland is and will remain an advocate of free and sovereign Belarus

From the very beginning of the post-election protests beyond our eastern border, Poland has been actively supporting the Belarusian society. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has participated in talks with heads of states and EU governments. In response to the deteriorating situation in Belarus, the Polish government has also adopted an aid package under the name of ‘Solidarity with Belarus’. Upon the initiative of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a meeting attended by government members and representatives of various political parties was held at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. One of the main topics of the meeting was the direction that ought to be taken by Poland with regard to further support to Belarus.


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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Today, as Belarusians are looking to the West, they first and foremost set their eyes on Poland. Poland cannot be indifferent towards the events occurring in Belarus. It cannot be and it is not indifferent. Poland is and will remain an advocate of free and sovereign Belarus – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after the meeting with heads of Polish political parties. ‘I would like to thank the representatives of all parties and clubs who took active part in this meeting’ – he added.

Meeting of government members and representatives of parliamentary groupings

Upon the initiative of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a meeting attended both by government members and representatives of various parliamentary groupings was held at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Mateusz Morawiecki presented actions taken by our government so far. We exchanged very different views with one common denominator - Belarus should be sovereign. I gave my gratitude to the representatives of the opposition and they thanked us for being active in this regard – Prime Minister said.

As he informed, the participants of today’s talks have also decided that a cross-party meeting  between Polish MEPs at the European Parliament should be held soon.

The Belarus issue likely exceeds one or more terms of the parliament. We know very well for how long the unresolved matters of Ukraine have been dragging on. In such circumstances, Poland, the Polish government together with the opposition, are obliged to uphold the interests of Poland – Prime Minister added.

The head of the government also added that it truly was a very constructive and positive discussion.

Poland’s support for Belarus in its struggle for democratic changes

Since the very beginning, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has been actively participating in building international support for democratic changes in Belarus.

The head of the Polish government sent letters to the President of the European Council, Charles Michael, and to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in which he called for convening of an extraordinary summit of the European Council concerning the events in Belarus. That day, he also spoke with EU leaders by phone.

The main subject of the special summit of the EU Council, convened upon the initiative of the head of the Polish government, was the situation in Belarus caused by brutal repressive measures used against participants of peaceful protests. During the videoconference, Prime Minister presented his proposal of a Plan for Belarus.

Solidarity with Belarus

Safety, openness and solidarity – these are the main cornerstones of the ‘Solidarity with Belarus’ aid package, adopted by the Polish government. The objective of the programme is to provide aid to victims and their families, make it easier for the victims and persecuted persons to cross the border as well as support non-governmental organisations, the independent media, Belarussian youth and students.

In the first year, Poland will allocate PLN 50,000,000 to the programme. The funds will be spent in addition to those allocated to other programmes related to Belarus, for example Belsat TV.

Telephone conversation with the German Chancellor

I speak with various EU leaders almost every day, drawing their attention to Belarusian matters as it is not so obvious for everyone – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised. After the end of the press conference, the head of the Polish government participated in another telephone conversation. This time, he spoke to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The conversation was centered around the difficult situation in Belarus, the relations between the European Union and Russia and the ongoing, bilateral cooperation between the countries.

 


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