Polskie środowiska polityczne wobec konfliktu w stosunkach polsko‑białoruskich w 2005 roku
Te attitude of Polish political groups to the confict in Polish‑Belarusian relations in 2005
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In 2005 all major Polish political formations took part in a heated discussion on the crisis afflicting Polish-Belarusian relations. Te conflict was evoked by the annulment of the 6th Convention of the Union of Poles in Belarus by the Belarusian Ministry of Justice, during which Angelika Borys was appointed President of this organization. Polish government did not accept the Belarusian authorities’ decision. Te purpose of the article is to perform an analysis of the concept of foreign policy towards Belarus presented in 2005 by the most important formations on the then political scene: Democratic Lef Alliance (SLD), Civic Platform (PO), Law and Justice (PiS), Polish Peasant Party (PSL), Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland and the League of Polish Families (LPR). Chronological frames of the article are designated by: March election of the Union’s President (12-13 May) and repeated 6th Convention of Delegates (27 August). In subsequent months, the issue of Belarus ended up in the background of the political parties’ interest. It results from the presented opinions that Polish political scene got divided into two parts. PO, PiS and SLD claimed that the Belarusian side is to be blamed exclusively for the crisis. Te frst two formations concluded based on the above that the only way to maintain appropriate contacts with the eastern neighbor is to lead to a change of the present authorities and introduction of full democracy in this country. SLD was rather for the reference to legal resolutions concluded between Poland and Belarus. A different opinion was represented by peasant parties’ politicians: PSL and Self-Defence. Tey believed that there was a personal conflict within the Union of Poles in Belarus, which cannot be an element of inter-state relations. Te best thing the Republic of Poland could do In this case was to disregard this conflict and focus on building good relations with Belarus, particularly in the field of economy. LPR’s position, on the other hand, evolved from the interpretation of the crisis around the Union of Poles in Belarus as a personal dispute to bringing forward a postulate to establish a democratic Belarusian government.
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