Tomaszewski critisizes Czaputowicz: we have common interests with Russians

Vilnus and Vilnius Region

Waldemar Tomaszewski critisized a statement of the head of Polish diplomacy Jacek Czaputowicz who on the visit to Vilnius appealed to the authorities of Vilnius for abolishment of the poll treshold for ethnic minorities because the current electorial system forces Poles to make an alliance with Russians.

‘I am in no way related to that. Some politicians come and can tell anything, especially without consultation or meeting with us. So, why should we comment that? We have common problems and identiacal interests with Russians and other ethnical minorities and our cohesion produces results. We have better results than one could have expected.  So, our union works, whereas politicians have their own agenda. Besides, Belarusians, Ukrainiasns, Tatars that we are working with, all of them are citizens of Lithuania. So why do not we rally? We have as many as 15 Lithuanians on the list recently. It indicates that people of different nationality come to us. We defend our rights and bring people together to solve many problems of citizens of Lithuania’ – said in the interview to the Russian-speaking weekly ‘Ekspres Nedelia’ chairman of AWPL-ZCHR (Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance).

During his visit to Lithuania in September Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz appealed to the authorities of Vilnius for abolishment of poll treshold for ethnic minorities in the elections to Sejm (the lower house of the Polish Parliament). Since within the present electoral system AWPL—ZCHR (Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance), ethnic minorities is forced ‘to creating a coalition with the Russian minority’.  According to Czapulowicz, new solutions ‘would back the security of the Polish minority’.  ‘ It will be a good solution because the Polish minority will be more secured. In the discussion with us its representative explain that they are forced to creating a coalition with the Russian minority. It is not good, given the fact that Russia is considered as a threat in both countries’ – stated Czaputowicz.

 

Source: http://zw.lt/wilno-wilenszczyzna/tomaszewski-krytykuje-czaputowicza-mamy-wspolne-interesy-z-rosjanami/

Tłumaczenie by Irena Lehenka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Irena Lehenka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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