Election is 'internal matter' for Belarus: Medvedev

20th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The presidential election in Belarus, won by President Alexander Lukashenko but marred by mass opposition arrests, is an internal matter for the country, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

"The Belarus election is an internal matter for Belarus. What happens there, in the long run, is the internal affair of our neighbouring state," Medvedev said at a news conference alongside his Latvian counterpart Valdis Zatlers.

"I hope that these elections will result in Belarus being a modern state that continues on the path of creating a modern state based on democracy and friendship with its neighbours," he added.

However Medvedev did not offer any comment on the tactics used by the Belarussian security forces to disperse tens of thousands of protestors that ended with hundreds of arrests including of most opposition challengers.

© 2010 AFP

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