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Friday, April 22, 2005

 

Rice meets Belarus opposition

From CNN:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lent political support Thursday to Belarus opposition members aiming to oust President Alexander Lukashenko.

During her three-day trip to Moscow and Lithuania, Rice took aim at the leadership of Belarus, a former Soviet republic that is now an independent country.

On Thursday, Rice met with members of the opposition on the sideline of a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Vilnius.

"We know that our elections have not been elections for some time," said Aleksander Dovrovolskiy, deputy chair of the United Civil Party and one of the opposition members who met with Rice.

He added that the opposition would "initiate a mass pressure" for a change in leadership.

"We can't win except taking to the streets," said Dimitri Brodko, a youth activist in the meeting with Rice.

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