Michael Kozak reaffirms US recognition of the 13th Supreme Soviet 11:10, 26/02/2001
The United States of America will keep considering the 13th Supreme Soviet of Belarus as the only legitimate Belarusian parliament, said in his interview to the Belarusian radio "Svaboda" February 23 the US ambassador in Belarus Michael Kozak, who had previously handed in his credentials to Alexander Lukashenko. According to the US envoy, even in case the SS tenure in office comes to an end it will be recognized as legitimate until "it is substituted by the parliament, elected under the Constitution."
As concerns the elections into the National Assembly, which took place in October 2000, the US attitude to them will be largely based on the conclusions of the OSCE structures, which do not consider them neither free nor fair, just like the 1996 plebescite. Meantime, the US ambassador said that "they have to look into the future in order not to repeat past mistakes."
That`s the way one has to treat presidential elections in Belarus, believes Machael Kozak. "The United States recognized president Lukashenko as such ever since the moment of his election in 1994 and we continue to do so," - stressed the ambassador. And though, "the States don`t consider methods through which Lukashenko`s mandate was prolonged in 1996 lawful", now it is more important to answer the question: will the president, elected this year, be recognized by the international community?