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GUYANA | Trump administration impose visa sanctions against Guyana Officials

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown - Wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, a U.S. diplomat known for his expertise in regime change. Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, a U.S. diplomat known for his expertise in regime change.
WASHINGTON DC, July 30, 2020 - While refusing to comment on his president’s undemocratic suggestion about delaying the US elections and the message that sends to a country like Guyana, Michael Kozak, Assistant US Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere matters, today said he would not comment on President Trump’s statements on “domestic matters.”

Kozak however, in the interst of ‘democracy,’ announced that his Government would impose additional visa sanctions on senior officials in Guyana over the elections situation and what the US considers the undermining of democracy.

During a media briefing for members of the Foreign Press, he noted that “today, we are acting to prevent additional senior individuals from that country [Guyana]from entering the United States.”

He said the US Secretary of State has been clear on the US Government’s position.

“The Granger administration and its allies continue to defy the will of the Guyanese people by refusing to accept the vote count. The count has been certified as valid by international observers OAS and CARICOM, Guyana’s and the Caribbean’s highest courts.

The United States joins the rest of the region refusing to go along with this farce. We will continue to act until the Granger administration accepts the will of Guyanese voters”, Kozak said.

There is still to be a final declaration of the Guyana election results, which will pave the wave for the swearing in of a new government.

Although visa restrictions were announced earlier this month, it remains unclear who have been affected by the visa restrictions. Under US regulations, when a visa is revoked, the person targeted will have to be contacted and informed of the decision.

Kozak, as acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is no stranger to the implementation of interventionist tactics in the region. For thirty years he learned and perfected the tactics to oust governments, a craft that was later exported to Eastern Europe and the former USSR.

As the Western Hemisphere bureau is responsible for implementing U.S. policy in Latin America, Kozak returned to the region where he learned his trade as a coup master ready to constrict those countries that are not aligned with the U.S.

According to TeleSUR, "Kozak, 73, began his work in the 1970s when he worked as a negotiator on the Panama Canal Treaties during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. He then participated in the U.S. role to downplay the Sandinista revolution in 1978-1979 and was a member of the U.S. mediation team that implemented the Egypt-Israel peace treaty and sought a solution to the Lebanese Civil War.

As many other operatives of regime change under Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., he was tasked to push for U.S. interventions in Latin America. Panama’s Manuel Noriega wrote in his memoirs that the two CIA-State Department operatives who were sent to negotiate and then engineer his downfall from power in 1989 were William Walker and Kozak.

In 1991, during his time as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the inter-American Affairs Bureau, Kozak proposed six different options to go against General Manuel Contreras, head of the DINA secret police during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. 

The most radical option was to covertly snatch Contreras without the consent of the then democratic Chilean government violating international law and the country’s sovereignty in a bid to distance themselves from the U.S.-backed dictatorship in the name of “human rights.”

Then his path through key nations in the region took him to Haiti. In March 1993, Kozak was a deputy to U.S. Special Advisor Lawrence Pezzullo on issues related to the Caribbean nation and part of the U.S.-backed ousting of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 

After that from 1996 to 1999, he served as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, undermining the Cuban government, especially during the island’s “special period.” 

Under Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr., he took his vast expertise in regime change to the former Soviet bloc. In 2000, Clinton appointed him as U.S. ambassador to Belarus, by 2001 he mounted "Operation White Stork" designed to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko. 

During an exchange of letters to The Guardian in 2001, Kozak unapologetically admitted that he was doing in Minsk exactly what he had been doing in Nicaragua and Panama.

"As regards parallels between Nicaragua in 1989-90 and Belarus today, I plead guilty. Our objective and to some degree methodology are the same," he said. 

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  • Countries: Guyana