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Belarus and Poland sign agreement on local cross border movement

(15 February 2010)

On Friday 12 February, Belarusian foreign minister, Sergei Martynov, and his Polish counterpart, Radoslaw Sirkoski, signed a cross-border agreement during their meeting held in Warsaw. According to the agreement, Belarusian and Polish citizens that have been permanently residing in administrative districts situated up to 50 kilometers from the common boundary for at least 3 consecutive years will be allowed to stay in frontier areas of the other state for up to 90 days every six months.

The accord aims, on one hand, to ease the cross-border movements of Belarusian and Polish minorities of the frontier territories by simplifying the visa-procedures and, on the other, it also seeks to strengthen the economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Sources: ‘Belarus-Poland cross-border agreement signed in Warsaw’ BelTA, 12 February 2010; ‘Sergei Martynov to sign Belarus-Poland cross-border agreement’ BelTA, 11 February 2010.