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Lukashenko rejects foreign mediation in Belarus

Belarusian president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, rejecting offers from other countries to mediate between him and the opposition following Sunday's disputed elections.

- We will not entrust the country to somebody, says Lukashenko on Saturday at a meeting of the belarusian defense ministry.

- We do not need any foreign governments or intermediaries, he says, according to the news agency Belta.

Lithuania, Poland and Latvia have offered to mediate in the dispute between Lukashenko and the opposition.

Saturday, thousands of opposition supporters on the streets again in the capital Minsk. They are protesting against the official results of Sunday's elections.

the Demonstrators lay flowers at the spot where a 34-year-old protester died on Monday during clashes between protesters and police. He will be buried Saturday.

another protester is confirmed dead in police custody.

- Go, cried many protesters. Several held up pictures of demonstrators with a serious blow.

- Lukashenko is a murderer, shouted the crowd.

There have been numerous reports about the protesters, there would have been beatings and being subjected to torture.

Others bore signs with the words 'No to violence' and 'No more torture'.

the Opposition has demonstrated every day since the authorities announced that Lukashenko, according to the official result got 80 percent of the votes in Sunday's presidential election.

the Opposition's 37-year-old challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, was allegedly about ten percent. She has since fled to Lithuania.

the Demonstrations have evolved into the so far most serious challenge to Lukashenko. He has ruled the country since 1994.

at Least 6700 have been arrested since the election. Hundreds of protesters have been injured.

Saturday spoke Lukashenko on the phone with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin. After the conversation, sent the Russian government a message out that the 'problem' in the country will soon be solved.

- The former president of Belarus is now asking Putin for help. Against whom? Against his own people, who wear flowers in the streets?, writes the Lithuanian foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, on Twitter.

on Friday warned Lukashenko hviderusserne to be away from this weekend's demonstrations, if they want to avoid being 'cannon fodder'.

At Saturday's meeting in the defense ministry claims the president, to the families of soldiers and police officers have received threats. He warns that the military is ready to defend itself.

- Play not with fire, he warns.

- Our soldiers have enough resources to defend themselves and their families and provide for the security of the state.

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