Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Popov said Belarus has approved the commission's request, which was first submitted in 2005.
European Commission Spokeswoman Christiane Hohmann said Minsk and Brussels now need to negotiate the details and conditions for opening the office.
(with material from agency reports)
Demonstrators in Minsk on March 25 (RFE/RL)
WHAT HAPPENED? Belarus scholar Vitali Silitski and RFE/RL Belarus analyst Jan Maksymiuk took a look a how Belarus has changed since mass demonstrations in Minsk in March 2006 failed to produce meaningful change in that country.
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