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EU Extends Travel Ban For Belarusian Officials

23 November 2004 -- The European Union yesterday approved plans to ban senior Belarusian officials from its territory.

EU foreign ministers also said they would freeze high-level links between member states and Minsk in protest against the October general elections and a referendum that scrapped a rule limiting President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to two terms as president.

Independent observers deemed the vote flawed.

The ministers urged Lukashenka to change his policies, which have isolated the impoverished nation of 10 million people.

Belarusian police broke up rallies that followed the 17 October elections, arresting dozens of opposition activists.