The law expresses the sense of Congress that the Belarusian authorities should not receive various types of non-humanitarian financial aid from the U.S. It also calls for the President to report to Congress on arms sales by Belarus to state sponsors of terrorism and on the personal wealth and assets of senior Belarus officials.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher says the U.S. is concerned about the Belarusian government's increasingly repressive steps against independent media and pro-democracy groups. He says that Belarusian Law enforcement in Belarus used excessive force against peaceful protesters following the parliamentary elections and referendum.
The U.S., said President Bush, "will work with our allies and partners to assist those seeking to return Belarus to its rightful place among the Euro-Atlantic community of democracies."
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko considers this act an intervention into the internal affairs of Belarus.
On December 8, 2006, the United States House of Representatives renewed an amended version of the act.
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