The ban prohibits President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who won a third term in office, and 30 other officials from traveling to any of the 25 EU states.
Lukashenka won a third term in the March election, claiming 83 percent of the vote. His nearest rival, opposition candidate Alyaksandr Milinkevich, took just 6 percent.
(compiled from agency reports)
Belarusian students studying at an EU-funded university in Vilnius, Lithuania
WATCHING AND WAITING: The European Union repeatedly urged Minsk to conduct a fair and democratic presidential election on March 19. The EU external relations commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said in a statement today that the recent arrests of Belarusian opposition figures are "unacceptable" campaign violations. Ferrero-Waldner repeated an EU threat of "targeted sanctions" against top Belarusian officials if the elections are not free and fair. However, the EU will withhold final judgment until March 20, when the bloc's foreign ministers meet in Brussels....(more)
MEET THE CANDIDATES: Read brief biographies of the four candidates in the March 19 election.