Berlin says Belarus elections were manipulated

20th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 March 2006, BERLIN - The Berlin government Monday commented on the Belarus elections results to say a "great deal of evidence" that the vote was not free and fair.

20 March 2006

BERLIN - The Berlin government Monday commented on the Belarus elections results to say a "great deal of evidence" that the vote was not free and fair.

German government spokesman Thomas Steg said that while Berlin was still awaiting a final report on elections in Belarus it was clear that there had been manipulation.

"There is a great deal of evidence that these elections were not carried out in a free and fair manner," said Steg at a news briefing.

Steg underlined that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had met with opposition leaders from Belarus prior to the elections.

"We will continue to support democratic forces in Belarus," he said, adding that Berlin expected Minsk to respect freedom of speech which is enshrined in the country's constitution.

DPA

Subject: German news

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