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No external interference in Belarus says Merkel after EU talks

by Reuters
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 13:30 GMT

BERLIN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - EU leaders agreed on Wednesday that they could not accept the result of elections in Belarus which were neither free nor fair and stressed there should be no external intervention, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after EU talks on Wednesday.

She said the EU stood on the side of peaceful protestors against President Alexander Lukashenko's rule and that a national dialogue should take place.

"For us it is clear that Belarus must find its own path, that must happen via dialogue in the country and there must be no intervention from outside," she said.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Thomas Escritt)

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