MP calls on EU to stand firm on Belarus

  • 2005-09-23
VILNIUS 's Rasa Jukneviciene, an MP from the Homeland Union (Conservatives), has called on EU leaders to make up its mind on Belarus, arguing that any and all delays in supporting the country's faltering democratic institutions may have a negative long-term affect.

"The most important question is whether the European Union needs an independent and democratic Belarus," Jukneviciene told the Baltic News Service during an international seminar on Belarus. "Elections in Afghanistan are currently freer than in Belarus," she added.

Recently Jukneviciene returned from Afghanistan.

She said the EU should lend much more support for than just 138,000 euros for Belarus' democratization.