Saturday, March 25, 2006

Leaders of the Baltic States denounce Belarus elections, look for "our Reagan"

The three Baltic States, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, are EU and NATO members. So it should be no surprise that the leaders of these nations have condemned the recent Belarus presidential elections. The Balts suffered terribly during the decades of Soviet rule there.

The countries remember tyranny, they're enjoying freedom now.

Latvia and Lithuania both border Belarus.

From the Baltic Times:

Leaders of all three Baltic states expressed their strong disapproval of the Belarusian presidential election, which resulted in the incumbent Aleksandr Lukashenko mustering 82 percent of the vote. Baltic politicians slammed the poll as undemocratic and non-transparent.

President Valdas Adamkus was quoted in a press release as saying, "Just like the rest of the world, I was surprised by the number of detained election campaign participants, the monopoly on the media and intimidating statements by representatives of the administration. Is that how state leaders should be elected in Europe in the 21st century?"

Here's what one Lithuanian member of parliament had to say:

MP Egidijus Vareikis opined that, while playing by Lukashenko rules, it was not worth considering that any other candidate would win. He drew a parallel to former U.S.-president Ronald Reagan and his strong stance toward the Soviet Union.

"But where’s our Reagan in this case?" he asked rhetorically.

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