United Civic Party will reach out to «supporters of change» in 2013, leader says


The United Civic Party (UCP) will use 2013 for reaching out to "supporters of change," Chairman Anatol Lyabedzka told reporters in Minsk on Friday.

Mr. Lyabedzka defined "supporters of change" as "a large layer of people who believe that the country needs change." "They have already become disillusioned with the government but do not yet know about opposition forces and are unfamiliar with their proposals. This is the majority of the population," he said.

In 2013, the United Civic Party will continue its campaigns called "We'll Build New and Preserve Best Things" and "For Fair Elections without Lukashenka," Mr. Lyabedzka said.

The need to modernize Belarus and ensure "people's" privatization will be the main subjects that UCP representatives will raise in conversations with employees of large industrial companies, he said.

The UCP will appeal to the prosecutor general for clear answers to questions about the disappearances of Viktar Hanchar, Yury Zakharanka, Anatol Krasowski and Dzmitry Zavadski in 1999 and 2000, Mr. Lyabedzka said.

According to the politician, the authorities may close the file on the case in a year, as soon as the statute of limitations expires. "That is why we need answers to specific questions," he said. "Based on the replies, we will think about steps on our part. If there is a pro-forma reply, we will appeal to the international community." //BelaPAN