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Belarus protest leader to seek EU backing in Vienna

Belarus’s main opposition leader is to have talks in Vienna next week with EU president Austria, keeping up Western pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko over a disputed presidential election. Alexander Milinkevich came a distant second to Lukashenko in the March 19 vote which was judged unfair by Western observers and triggered protests against Lukashenko’s rule that were unprecedented in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet state. Milinkevich said on Friday he would use a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel on Monday to enlist the European Union’s support for his cause. Full Story

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