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29 Apr 2015

Lukashenko urges government bodies to talk to opposition

MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) – Government bodies, including the parliament, should talk to the opposition, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in his address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 29 April, BelTA has learned.

“I urge all government bodies and the parliament not to refuse to talk to the opposition and even to members of the fifth column as we call them. We cannot but talk to them. They are members of the society, citizens of our country,” the President said. “Do not avoid such discussions, contact with these people. It is needed to talk to them,” he added. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that not all opposition members want to disturb the country. The head of state believes that certain opposition members have realized the meaning of stability and peace.

“We absolutely do not need confrontations inside the country; therefore, we need to talk to all of them,” the President reiterated. In his opinion, the role of constructive public organizations in the formation of the Belarusian civil society, promotion of democracy, protection of the rights and liberties of people has increased recently.

“The Belarusian political system has proved its efficiency. Direct rule of people is its distinctive feature. We would like various political opinions to be expressed in Belarus. The legislation provides for all opportunities for the establishment and operation of political parties. Therefore, everyone can use these options for the benefit of the society and the country,” Alexander Lukashenko added.

The President emphasized that sustainable development is a common priority.

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