Lithuanian Liberal Movement opens up to National minorities. Executive Board created a National Union committee yesterday.
Until now, the national minorities didn’t play a big role in traditional Lithuanian parties, which was a big mistake and we want to fix this” – said leader of the party and MP, Eligijus Masiulis.
Masiulis points out that, “matters concerning Poles, Russians and other nations for years are being monopolised by three parties: Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, Russian Union and Russian Alliance”, and the role of national minorities in traditional parties is marginal.
“This situation disallows the political intergration. The national minority representatives and our citizes are being marginalised, and it is foolish considering the geopolitical situation. – claims the leader of Liberal Movement.
The National Union committee of Liberal Movement has 20 members, mostly Poles and Russians of the Party, but it also has a Greek. The proposition of creating a committee was initiated by Julia Mackiewicz, a party member and the councillor in the Šalčininkai region self-government.
The main task of the committee will be preparing a national minorities postulates, which will be included in electoral programme of the party. The liberals are going to solve problems of spelling surnames and names of locations written in languages of minorities.
Tłumaczenie by Adam Adamowicz w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Adam Adamowicz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.