Diplomat beware greater pressure on the Poles

The decision of the Constitutional Court (CC) of Belarus in respect of the Polish Law "On the Pole's Card" is unlikely to affect the process of issuance of this document Belarusian citizens. This opinion was expressed by the First Secretary of the Polish embassy Paul Marchuk.

Recall, April 7 KS set out its position on the relevant laws of Poland "The Pole's Card" generally recognized principles and norms of international law.

The COP, certain provisions of the law "On the Pole's Card" did not match: the generally recognized principles of sovereign equality of States and non-interference in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of another State under the UN Charter, the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Consular Convention between Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Poland, the provisions of the agreement between the governments of Belarus and Poland on mutual trips of citizens, concluded by an exchange of notes of 20 December 2007.

"Yesterday's decision was a surprise to us — said Marchuk. — Unexpected because of the COP of Belarus makes a decision on the rights of another sovereign state. Moreover, doing so at a time when in Belarusian jails are political prisoners, which are subject to torture, when in prison is an activist of the Union of Poles in the famous journalist of "Gazeta Wyborcza" Andrzej Poczobut when the Belarusian State refuses to register the organization of the Polish minority. "

At the same time, according to Marchuk, the Polish side beware of "the possible increase in pressure on the Polish minority in Belarus." "Given the current pressure on the Polish minority, we astseragaemsya further actions of this nature," — he stressed.

Recall Polish Card is a document that confirms the identity of a citizen of the CIS and the Baltic States to the Polish nation. It can get a person in possession of the Polish language at a basic level, which has a relative or a Pole who had Polish citizenship (father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, grandmother, great-grandfather). The card is valid for 10 years from the date of issuance and receipt of an application is extended for the next 10 years.

The cardholder has the right to: Get a long-term multi-entry visa for a stay in Poland legally work in Poland without a work permit, to do business on a par with Polish citizens, a priority claim to the funds allocated to support the Poles abroad from the state or local budget (for commune level) to go by rail to a 37-percent discount.

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