Official: EU envoys to skip Belarus inauguration

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 19, 2011 21:24

Ambassadors from European Union nations in Belarus will skip the inauguration of President Alexander Lukashenko after his re-election in December that was widely seen as fraudulent.

An official at an EU nation embassy in Minsk told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the EU ambassadors had agreed not legitimize the outcome of the December vote with their presence at Friday's ceremony. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the subject.

The website of a university in neighboring Lithuania says the envoys are expected to visit Friday and meet with Belarusian students who have been expelled from the authoritarian country.

The West is considering sanctions against Belarus over the flawed Dec. 19 vote.


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