Christian Democrat leader says government should meet repatriation request from ethnic Czechs


Christian Democrat leader and deputy premier Pavel Bělobrádek told Czech Television on Sunday that the government should show goodwill and repatriate those ethnic Czechs in Ukraine who express the desire to relocate in view of the present situation in the country. Mr. Bělobrádek said that regardless of the situation in Ukraine, the community of Volynhia Czechs had Czech roots and deserved to receive assistance from their old country. The question of a mass repatriation has become a matter of contention between President Zeman and the Czech Foreign Ministry whom the head of state accuses of inaction. The prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, expressed concern on Saturday that a mass exodus of ethic Czechs from Ukraine could be abused by Russia for propaganda purposes.