Kuchma meets Belarusian opposition leader

  • 1999-10-21
VILNIUS (BNS) - Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma met the chairman of the 13th Belarusian Supreme Soviet, Semyon Sharetsky, in Kiev Oct. 16.Sharetsky had arrived from Vilnius, where he has been staying for nearly three months for fear of persecution in his home country. Belarus' opposition, which does not recognize an extension to President Alexander Lukashenko's term in office, has declared Sharetsky the temporary president.According to Stasys Kausinis, the secretary of Lithuania's Human Rights Association, Kuchma said Sharetsky is a legitimate leader in Belarus.Kuchma's statement could be...
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