MEPs insist on Belarusian-language broadcast

  • 2005-09-21
  • By Ahto Lobjakas, RFE/RL
The European Commission's plans to fund independent radio and television broadcasts into Belarus were met by harsh and sometimes scathing criticism in the European Parliament's foreign-affairs committee on Sept. 14. Many MEPs were particularly scathing about the commission's perceived preference for Russian over Belarusian as the main language for the planned broadcasts. Former Lithuanian President Vytatutas Landsbergis warned the commission it risks complicity in Russia's longstanding ambitions to "Russify" its neighbors. He demanded assurances Belarusian will feature alongside Russian in ...
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