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Leader of Chernobyl veterans’ union meets with senior lawmaker

In an interview BelaPAN, the activist said that he had been pushing for a meeting with the lawmaker for a long time but all of his petitions had been unanswered.

The meeting was arranged after Mr. Valchanin petitioned Uladzimir Makey, head of the Presidential Administration, over the matter.

The activist described the meeting as “constructive.” “Mr. Rusy assured me that we can develop joint projects and representatives of our association would be invited to the committee’s meetings. We discussed health resort treatment for Chernobyl cleanup workers, benefits for Chernobyl-affected people,” he said.

Mr. Valchanin said that the Belarusian authorities were ready to maintain some cooperation with the association. “This is even good that Mr. Rusy is poised for dialogue. I, for my part, offered to use my international contacts for solving the problems of Chernobyl-affected people. It seems to me that the proposal found understanding,” he noted.

Mr. Valchanin said that the possible registration of the union in Belarus had not been discussed. “But we intend to get registered in our country and will make every effort for this,” he said.



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