In the European Parliament organized a debate on Belarus

20:30 First debate in the European Parliament welcomed the chairman of the session of the European Parliament on the podium Milinkevich and Alexander Kozulin and other members of the Belarusian delegation, Paul and Victor Sevyarinets Korneenko.
Rapporteur on the Belarusian issue, municipal, French Minister for European Affairs, Jean Pierre Joué (Jean-Pierre Jouyet): "Elections in Belarus did not satisfy us." "EU is open to Belarus, and we have to start cooperation not only with the authorities and the citizens."
European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy (Charlie McCreevy) also expressed disappointment last elections: "How can we ensure that no more political prisoners in Belarus What next?" "We believe that the need for a political dialogue with the Belarusian authorities. Belarusians fundamentally assist in democratic development, we must maintain civilian society, non-governmental organizations, independent media, and the European Institute for the Humanities in Vilnius. Belarus is in the heart of Europe. We need to take steps for the formation of democracy. Otherwise will be stagnation in this country and its upcoming dependence on Russia. "
Deputy Charles Tannock (Charles Tannock) from England called for the start of cooperation with Belarus: "We need to respond to the release of political prisoners, that Belarus has gone further in the right direction. We should use the carrot and stick policy, that Belarus has taken place in the family of European nations"
Deputy Jan Marinus Wiersma, (Jan-Marinus Wiersma) from the Netherlands also expressed dissatisfaction with the fruits of the elections and called for dialogue. But with all this encouraged not to lift sanctions against officials, and dialogue with the Belarusian authorities to carry on with the role of the opposition.
Janusz Onyszkiewicz from Poland said that Lukashenko wants dialogue with Europe only on their own criteria, and called on the Western office actively cut into a privatization of Belarusian companies to displace the Russian capital.
Elisabeth Schroedter from Germany on behalf of the greenish stated that Belarus has no criterion for democracy, including freedom of speech. "Appropriate conditions needed to change the situation and make a new monetary instrument to support the Belarusian opposition," — she said.
Polish MP Konrad Szymanski called in relations with Minsk adhere to the principle "concession after concession."
The representative of the Netherlands Eric Meyer spoke in favor of protecting the rights of the people of Belarus, who want to use their own language.
Dutchman Bastiaan Belder (Bastiaan Belder) urged reduce the cost of Schengen visas for Belarusians to 35 euros — for Ukrainians.
Polish MEP Jacek Protasiewicz (Jacek Protasiewicz) called seek to eliminate the circumstances that caused the emergence of political prisoners in Belarus. He suggested that under the policy of "step by step" for six months to freeze sanctions against the Belarusian authorities. In the end, he recalled the pressure on the Alliance of Poles Angelika Borys headed.
Justas Paleckis from Lithuania called for a real debate between Belarus and the European Union in Belarus itself.
Jeanine Genis-Plyasshert (Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert), from Holland told that the opposition is in a very difficult situation and asking for help. She called to reduce the price of Schengen visas for Belarusians, also suggested that the Sun in Paris together with Martynov took Kazulin Milinkevich.
Wojciech Rashkovsky from Poland drew attention to the danger of losing the independence of Belarus, "the key to the economic situation in Belarus is our homeland."
The representative of Romania Adrian Severin encouraged to talk with the government, support the democratic opposition, and bring the dialogue in favor of Belarusians and not the regime.
Marian Garkin (Marian Harkin) from Ireland sent attention to the closure of Chernobyl recovery projects kids of Belarus in Europe.
Joseph Pinior (Józef Pinior): "EU policy should be fully focused on the Belarusian society."
Yang Gavronsky (Jas Gawronski): "Nedavneshnie Chamber elections strengthened the image of Belarus as a banana republic."
Libor Rouchek (Libor Roucek): "The European Union should help more than a civilian society, independent media and non-governmental organizations in Belarus." Czech representative also called for the abolition of visas for Belarusians.
Member of the Council of the European Union Jean Pierre Joué in his closing remarks said that France, which holds the EU presidency, pays great attention to EU neighbors, including Belarus: "The EU is ready to make a move if the authorities in Minsk will make some effort. Our assistance is dependent on the good will in Belarus."
He also said he would do everything to kids and students from Belarus received free visas to the EU. According to him, the EU is ready to continue padtrymlvats Belarusian opposition.
European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy promised that by 2010 will be allocated to help 20 million euros for projects related to democratization in Belarus: to support non-governmental organizations and media-independent: "The debate showed that the necessary strategic decisions with regard to Belarus." He also called for the partial or complete abolition of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities.
21:20 Discussion over. Vote on the draft resolution on the situation in Belarus will be held tomorrow, October 9.

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