Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis: Support for democratic forces of Belarus will remain on Lithuania’s agenda
On 8 August, two years since the beginning of mass protests over an allegedly rigged presidential election in Belarus, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Belarusian leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and other representatives of the civil society and opposition of Belarus.
According to Lithuania's Foreign Minister, the mass protests of 9 August 2020 were a manifesto, representing the aspirations for freedom of the people of Belarus, who also set an example of how to fight for the rights and freedoms with courage, dignity and peace.
“In the context of Russia's war against Ukraine, we must also not forget about Belarus. Just like two years ago, this country also today needs the democratic world's support. Belarus, which strives for freedom, must remain on both Lithuanian and international political agendas. I believe that, if we all join our efforts with democratic forces in Belarus, it will help us achieve the main goal - hold democratic elections in the country as soon as possible," Landsbergis said.
The participants of the meeting also stressed that over 1,200 people had been officially recognized as political prisoners in Belarus. The entire democratic community must insist on the release and full rehabilitation of Belarusian political prisoners.
The Foreign Minister also supported the wish of the Belarusian people to oppose the Belarusian regime’s involvement in the Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as to compromise the Kremlin’s efforts to undermine the independence of Belarus.
The meeting also discussed ways to help the civil society of Belarus more effectively. Landsbergis noted that he valued the leading role of the democratic opposition leader of Belarus - Tsikhanouskaya - in pursuing a democratic change in Belarus. Lithuania's Foreign Minister also wished the democratic opposition and civil society to rally, to remain united and strong, when building a new, democratic and independent Belarus.