Lyabedzka expects legal guarantees from PACE

Andrea Rigoni, special rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) visited Minsk on Monday to explain his position and the position of the PACE Political Committee on the restoration of the special guest status to the Belarusian legislature, Anatol Lyabedzka, chairman of the United Civic Party, told ERB.  He said that the PACE Bureau should issue a legal document specifying powers of the delegations of the Belarusian National Assembly and the Belarusian opposition.


Belarus is to be represented in PACE by members of the pro-Lukashenka National Assembly and opposition politicians.


On June 23, PACE is expected to restore the country's special guest status. Opposition leaders condemned the planned move as a setback for democratization.