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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

Belarus and Ukraine youths sign accord

From Charter 97:

The leaders of Belarus’ pro-democracy youth movement and Ukraine’s National Alliance have signed a cooperation accord. While signing the agreement, Belarusian activist Dmitry Dashkevich noted that the country’s youth opposition movement and the Ukrainian association have maintained close contacts after some 200 Belarusian youths took part in last year’s “orange revolution,” a series of street protests in Kyiv that brought the pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko to power.

The Ukrainian activist noted that the Ukrainian organization is not afraid of any accusations that may be leveled by the Belarusian authorities. “Such assistance is absolutely normal. Belarusians came to Ukraine during the 2001 election and taught us how to manage an election campaign, monitor polls and count votes. This is done not at the level of the Ukrainian government and president but at the level of non-governmental organizations, and the Ukrainian authorities have nothing to do with this,” he said.

According to the activist, if the Belarusian authorities persecute National Alliance members, it will only help draw more attention from Ukraine to the situation in Belarus.

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