by DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Poland is asking the United States to help fund dissidents in Belarus following a widely condemned election and a crackdown on dissent.
In an interview, Poland's ambassador Robert Kupiecki compared the struggle of Democratic activists in Belarus to his country's solidarity movement under communist rule. He urged the United States to match the support Polish dissidents received during the Cold War.
He said Wednesday that Poland will be inviting other countries, including the United States, to a donors conference in Warsaw early next month aimed at raising money for the opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko and democratic activists that Poland has long supported.
The United States says it is considering additional sanctions against Belarus.