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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, under growing Western pressure over human rights, has put off his annual address to the nation and told officials to soften its foreign policy message, his office said Thursday.

The Foreign Ministry said a meeting of foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group in Paris on Thursday was "destructive" and could undermine envoy Kofi Annan's peace efforts.