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Poland Returns Ambassador To Belarus

12 October 2005 -- Poland's Foreign Ministry said today the country has sent its ambassador back to Belarus three months after recalling him amidst diplomatic problems between the neighboring countries.

The ministry said Ambassador Tadeusz Pawlak started work at the Polish Embassy in Belarus on 11 October.

Poland withdrew its ambassador in a sign of protest over what the Polish government said were violations of democratic principles and human rights by the Belarusian government.

Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksander Checko said earlier this week that the temporary withdrawal had sent the intended message.

Checko also noted that following European criticism, the opposition in Belarus was able to nominate a candidate for next year's presidential election.


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