Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Opposition leaders met with the EU ambassadors

The leaders of Belarusian opposition met with the ambassadors of the EU countries on September 29. The meeting was attended by Alexander Kozulin, Alexander Milinkevich, Sergei Kalyakin, Anatoly Levkovich, Yanukevich, Pavel Severinets, Dmitry Dashkevich, and Andrei Afnagel. The meeting lasted half an hour.

Anatoly Lebedko noted that "our goal is free elections. The authorities would never agree to hold democratic and free elections on their own volition, but they could do it in exchange for loans and investments. Free elections are the way to systemic and irreversible changes in the country. In addition, free elections are not possible without parallel changes in other spheres - freedom of mass-media, the registration of political parties and the liberalization of the political climate."

The UCP leader also proposed a number of initiatives: "to institute the post of Special Representative of the European Union on Belarus and to hold international conference on Belarus in order to start real dialogue between the opposition and the official Minsk, to form working and expert groups for each direction of activity of the Eastern Partnership Program, to create platforms for political parties in the framework of Eastern Partnership Program".

Anatoly Lebedko invited diplomats to participate in the conference "Eastern Partnership - the contours of cooperation", which will take place on October 10.

Reporters were not invited to the meeting at the ambassadors request.