OSCE set to be negative on Belarus poll - observer

WARSAW Dec 20 (Reuters) - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will likely give a negative opinion of Belarus's presidential elections in which Alexander Lukashenko won his fourth term, an OSCE observer said on Monday.

The OSCE, whose judgement on the fairness of the election is seen as key to possible European Union financial aid for the ex-Soviet republic, is scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. (1200 gmt). [ID:nLDE6BJ00I] "The opinion cannot be positive. The OSCE will mention some improvements... but let's face it, a country where blood is spilt during demonstrations is not nearing democratic standards," said Pawel Poncyliusz, a Polish lawmaker and a member of the OSCE team of observers.

"I expect the opinion to be negative," he told Polish TVN 24 broadcaster in Minsk. (Writing by Gabriela Baczynska)


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