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U.S. Wants Belarus, Karabakh On G8 Agenda

An elderly woman who supports Belarusian President Lukashenka argues with members of the opposition protesting election results, Minsk, March 23 (epa) April 19, 2006 -- U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns says the United States will press for Belarus and the conflicts in Georgia, Moldova, and Nagorno-Karabakh to be on the agenda of this year's Group of Eight (G8) summit.

The G8 summit will be hosted by Russia in St Petersburg in July.

Burns said it would be the first time that the G8 would discuss the problems in these former Soviet territories.

He said most G8 members agree that Belarus' elections, which returned authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to power, were "antidemocratic."

He said they also agree that the G8 should help the governments of Georgia and Moldova resolve conflicts with their separatist provinces.

Russia and the United States are already working together to find a resolution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian-inhabited enclave in Azerbaijan.


Minsk, March 25

Minsk, March 25

THE AUTHORITIES GET TOUGH: RFE/RL's Belarus Service filed these images from the police action against the March 25 demonstration in Minsk. Photographs by Maks Kapran.


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