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Belarus: OSCE Hopes To Meet Opposition

Munich, 3 April 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says it hopes to send a mission to Belarus this month if it receives assurances that the team can meet members of the opposition.

A spokesman told our correspondent that OSCE had planned to send a mission last month but the trip was cancelled when it became clear that it would be prevented from meeting the opposition.

That mission was to have been led by a Danish diplomat because Denmark is the current chairman of the OSCE.

The spokesman said OSCE insisted on being able to speak privately with whomever it wishes in Belarus.

The spokesman said the OSCE does not want the Belarus government setting a schedule of whom it can talk to and whom it cannot. Negotiations with Minsk are still in progress. The spokesman said it is still unclear whether the mission will go or not.