Leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the MPs from the parliamentary factions Alliance 90/The Greens and CDU/CSU, as Deutsche Welle reported.
Tsikhanouskaya stated during the talk with Merkel that the protests “are not the fight against Russia or Europe but a consequence of the inner Belarusian crisis. The main goal of people is to hold new elections”.
“It is important to hold them soon because during 26 years people (in Belarus) lived under pressure and do not want to put up with this,” Tsikhanouskaya added.
Her talk with Merkel lasted 45 minutes.
According to Irish Times, after the meeting with Merkel, Tsikhanouskaya said that Germany, France, and Russia might act as the mediators in talks between the Belarusian opposition and Alexander Lukashenko who faced the largest protests during 26 years of his governance after the falsification of the results of elections at the beginning of August.
The details of the talk are not reported; however, according to the German observers, the meeting with the chancellor is important itself. Thus, Angela Merkel sends a clear message to Alexander Lukashenko with whom she will deal and with whom she will not.
The same day, Tsikhanouskaya met the representatives of Alliance 90/The Greens and CDU/CSU.
“We support the demand to hold free and secret elections; we demand to stop violence and release the prisoners,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt from Alliance 90/The Greens said.
As a result of the meeting with Tsikhanouskaya, Annalena Baerbock from The Greens stated the necessity to enhance the pressure of Germany and the whole EU on the regime in Minsk.
“We consider the mistake that the EU countries included only 40 people in the sanctions list and there is no Lukashenko. Lukashenko is responsible for use of the mass violence against his own people, for abuse, abduction of even minors; it cannot be left without consequences,” Baerbock said.
The CDU/CSU representatives occupied the side of the Belarusian protesters, demanded to immediately release arrested and prosecute those who used violence and falsified the results of the elections.
CDU Secretary-General Paul Ziemiak called Tsikhanouskaya a symbol of the Belarusian movement for freedom.
“Lukashenko is not the elected president, the falsifiers of the elections cannot be their winners,” Ziemiak stated.
Alexander Dobrindt, Chairman of the parliamentary CSU group, in his turn, promised Tsikhanouskaya every support and assistance in holding of new – honest and free – elections in Belarus. Dobrindt is sure that ‘the only way to appease the country is to reach the honest decision on the creation of the democratic leadership”.
As we reported, after weeks of discussions, EU leaders agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus over controversial election results and the crackdown on protests in that country.
The sanctions against Belarus concern those involved in the falsification of the presidential election results and the brutal suppression of peaceful demonstrations after the August 9 elections.