Polish, German presidents discuss Belarus situation

In the view of Polish President Andrzej Duda and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeir, "the foundation of a solution to the situation i Belarus is internal dialogue," the head of the President's Office, Krzysztof Szczerski, said after talks between the two.

A clear communication with a legible signal is also required from the EU, the two heads of state agreed.

"The presidents expressed an expectation that today's meeting of EU foreign ministers will give a clear communique, with a legible signal of the European Union's engagement in resolving the problems in Belarus and a clear European policy in the matter of the Belarusian conflict," Szczerski told TVP Info, a public broadcaster.

He stated that the Polish president had acquainted President Steinmeir with regional initiatives concerning the situation in Belarus.

"The president of Germany referred positively to the joint appeal of the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia concerning escalation of the conflict in Belarus," Szczerski continued. "He also positively assessed the initiative of President Andrzej Duda, to take up the subject of Belarus at the UN Human Rights Council."

Steinmeir suggested it was also worth raising the issue at the OSCE, which is another regional organisation.

Szczerski said that both presidents are convinced that internal dialogue is the way forward for Belarus. "This is a question of the Belarusian authorities taking up dialogue with its own society," Szczerski explained. "Without that decision, without that readiness, there will not be a good solution to the situation in Belarus."

The two heads of state agreed that all possible methods of pressure, suggestion, aid, support and persuasion should be applied along with a position on the international forum. They further agreed that the future of Belarus should be in the hands of Belarusians and that the international community could only support the process.

Szczerski further said that President Duda would discuss building a coalition for dialogue in Belarus with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he visits Warsaw on Saturday.