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Belarusian NGOs Urge Unity


October 10, 2006

Excerpt from report by Belarusian human rights group Charter-97 website on 10 October

The leaders of 29 Belarusian NGOs have urged democratic parties, public associations and activists to join the For Freedom nationwide movement. A statement released today reads that "maximal unity of all people is needed for a victory over the dictatorial regime".

The NGO leaders also called on the leaders of political parties to stop disputes.

"The events of March 2006 [opposition protests after the 19 March presidential election] demonstrated that there is a drive for freedom, truth and justice in Belarusian society. However, internal strife among the united pro-democracy forces has resulted in wasting time and losing positive hopes for changes," the statement reads.

The statement backs the initiative of the united pro-democracy forces' leader, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, on the creation of the For Freedom nationwide movement.

The statement was adopted at a meeting of the leaders and representatives of 29 NGOs and civil initiatives from all Belarusian regions that was held in Mahilyow on 7-8 October.

Source: Charter-97 website, Minsk, in Belarusian 10 Oct 06

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