Embassy Row

By Morrison, James | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), June 1, 2000 | Go to article overview
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Embassy Row


Morrison, James, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


BELARUS RETALIATION?

The State Department has warned Belarus not to persecute opposition politicians who visited Washington last week.

But Belarussian Ambassador Valery Tsepkalo yesterday said the United States has misinterpreted the remarks of President Alexander Lukashenko.

State Department spokesman Philip Reeker was responding to reports that Mr. Lukashenko threatened to retaliate against the political delegation and called the opposition politicians a security threat.

He claimed the delegation was seeking money in the United States to overthrow his government, according to news reports from Belarus.

Mr. Reeker on Tuesday said: "Any retribution against these individuals because of their meetings in Washington would be a serious mistake, and in the lead-up to elections later this year, would further set back efforts to restore legitimate, democratic process in Belarus.

"We urge the Lukashenko regime to end the political crisis in Belarus through a true dialogue with the opposition resulting in free and fair elections."

The United States supports the opposition in rejecting the results of a 1996 referendum that dissolved parliament, expanded Mr. Lukashenko's powers and extended his term in office.

Mr. Tsepkalo told Embassy Row he plans to meet with the State Department tomorrow to discuss its criticism and explain that Mr. Lukashenko was misquoted.

"We are trying to explain all the time to the State Department," he said.

Mr. Tsepkalo said he "didn't know the origin" of the threatening remarks attributed to Mr. Lukashenko.

The ambassador said Mr. Lukashenko held a "political dialogue with political parties" this week, although the opposition delegation did not attend.

"He invited the political opposition to meet with him," Mr. Tsepkalo said.

The ambassador said Mr. Lukashenko disagreed with the opposition's tactics of trying to seek political support in the United States.

The State Department has regularly denounced Mr. Lukashenko's government over human rights abuses.

The opposition politicians held meetings here with officials at the State Department and National Security Council, as well as leading members of Congress.

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