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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

9. Bi-annual evaluation of the EU-Belarus dialogue (debate)
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  Erna Hennicot-Schoepges (PPE-DE ). – (FR) Mr President, all the measures listed by the Council and the Commissioner have been approved because they improve the situation of the people.

Is it right to let a dictator take his place at the top, however? Is it not an affront to those who have been imprisoned again recently and who are still being imprisoned? Commissioner, Minister, I should like to ask you a very frank question: might there have been some pressure put on the European authorities by Belarus so that it could secure this invitation to the Prague summit, an invitation that I consider to be disproportionate and inappropriate?

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