The Belarusan parliament remained in session overnight, fearful that president Aleksandr Lukashenko’s security forces — deployed around the building — might seize it if the deputies left. The Foreign Ministries of Poland and Lithuania yesterday issued statements expressing concern over the crisis in Belarus and urging respect for the constitution and democratic principles. Clearly targeting Lukashenko, the ministries stressed that Belarus’ neighbors are interested in its development as a European state based on the rule of law. (Interfax, Western agencies, November 18)
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