Updated at 17:39,28-11-2020

Polish Senate Speaker praises idea of visa-free travel between Belarus, Poland


Polish Senate Speaker praises idea of visa-free travel between Belarus, Poland
Polish Senate Seaker Stanislaw Karczewski is set to advocate mutual visa abolition between Belarus in Poland, he said in an interview with state-run TV station ONT in Minsk in early December.

“It would be perfect if we did not need visas and the people of our countries could travel freely. This is my goal, but I do not know when I will achieve it. The fact is that the Belarusian-Polish border is not only the border between the two countries, but also between Belarus and the European Union. In my view, a program of local border traffic could play a positive role in this field. We will have to work on it not only at the ministerial level, the expert community needs to be involved as well. As Speaker and a member of the ruling party, I believe my task is to create favorable climate for such development,” Karczewski said.

The delegation of the upper chamber of the Polish parliament was on a visit to Belarus on December 5-6. Its head Stanislaw Karczewski, Poland’s Senate Speaker, discussed a nember of hot-button issues with Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich and Chairman of the House of Representatives Uladzimir Andreychanka. The delegation also visited Philology Faculty of the Belarusian State University, Children’s Cancer Hospital in Baraulyany and laid a wreath at the burial site of the victims of Stalin’s repressions in Kurapaty. According to Mr Karczewski, Poland has no intention to stop supporting Belarus’s civil society in return for the improvement of relations with Minsk.