The press service of Kyrgyzstan's Ar-Namys opposition party has claimed that a U.S. State Department official expressed the hope that future elections in Kyrgyzstan will usher in substantial changes. A delegation of Kyrgyz opposition figures, including Ar-Namys Chairman Emil Aliev, met with Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Lynn Pascoe and Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs John Fox in Washington on 3 March. According to the report, Pascoe commented that future Kyrgyz elections must bring about changes in the country's power structure. As translated into Russian by akipress.org, Pascoe's alleged comment is suggestive of the phrase "regime change." The Russian daily "Novye izvestiya" immediately picked up on the report, writing on 11 March that "many experts are calling the statement an attempt by the American administration to initiate in the Central Asian republic the same sort of 'velvet revolution' that took place in Georgia on 23 November."
Akipress.org, March 10, 2004